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A Touch Of Arizona Desert

Located 65 kilometers north of Phoenix this area of 72,000 acres sits between 700 Meters and 1,400... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Greater Melbourne, Australia
Quite some landscape

If you are on Route 17 going from Flagstaff to Phoenix, you will go right through this National... read more

Reviewed June 28, 2018
jer b
Bristol, Connecticut
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A new national park which has numerous prehistoric archeological sites.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Cordes Lakes, AZ 85324
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located 65 kilometers north of Phoenix this area of 72,000 acres sits between 700 Meters and 1,400 meters high and is essentially Arizona desert grassland. It was created in 2000 as a National Monument and has great desert scenery.Watch for the excellent scenic lookout on...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

Right off the main highway is a fantastic desert slice of culture. Visit in a truck however because the drive can get rough. If you’re interested in miles and miles of beautiful desert, this is the place to find it.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed July 12, 2018

This is a great place if you don't want to be running into people everywhere. I t foes not have paved roads or amenities. And that is what is GREAT about it. Put on some good hiking shoes/boots,stretch and start walking. Make sure you keep...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Martin P
Reviewed June 28, 2018

If you are on Route 17 going from Flagstaff to Phoenix, you will go right through this National Monument. It is a quite striking landscape with rolling hills, semi-arid grasslands and some trees like willows scattered here and there. What a contrast from the green...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank jer b
Reviewed May 24, 2018

Was so excited to visit Aqua Fria after reading many photographers highlight what was there. Well, not sure I found anything. Drove I-17 to exit #259 Bloody Basin Road. Easily found the entrance to Aqua Fria. Drove the road nearly to the other exit off...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

My wife and i are trying to visit all of the national parks and national monuments in the west. As part of our adventure, we purchased a national parks passport book and are stamping our passport book at all of the parks and monuments that...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank dalsmith2016
Reviewed April 19, 2018

As the speedometer approaches the 75 mile per hour speed limit along I-17 in central Arizona it’s not hard to imagine that one would completely miss the fact that they are skirting the boundary of Agua Fria National Monument. There is one sign marking its...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank JFPPhoto7
Reviewed November 30, 2017

Exploration rather than an easy visit. First we had to locate the entry. Then we took it slowly on the road. Fortunately we have a SUV. Well worth the effort. Stop your vehicle whenever it looks interesting and take a walk. Look at the plants...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Cavydad
Reviewed November 23, 2017

If you are looking for a beautiful place to stretch your legs between Phoenix and Flagstaff and don't want to detour to Sedona, this is the place. Easy walk along a mostly soft dirt/sandy trail. Beautiful scenery.

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank drbking
Reviewed November 10, 2017

This is a little known National Momument on Highway 17 north of Phoenix at some 3500 feet.It is open grassland and rocky hills and has some beautiful scenery. Access is via a dirt road off 17 and definitely worth a look on a nice day.

Date of experience: November 2017
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August 31, 2018|
Response from dalsmith2016 | Reviewed this property |
Phyllis, I'm not certain that my answer will lead you to a location with a lot of wild life, but I can give you the directions to a relatively flat hike that my wife and I enjoyed. Take exit 256 (Badger Spring Road) and... More
Becky R
August 20, 2016|
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Response from dalsmith2016 | Reviewed this property |
Becky, From what I have read, there are petroglyphs throughout the Aqua Fria National Monument, so I will tell you about the ones that I know about. Go to exit 256 (Badger Springs Road) and travel to the trailhead located... More