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Needle Rock Recreation Area, AZ

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Distance One Way 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,527 feet
Interest Off-Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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Lower Verde Bike-Rafting
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Needle Rock - Verde wander
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Needle Rock to Bartlett Dam
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Needle Rock Recreation Area is a unique and highly scenic segment of the lower Verde River below Bartlett Lake. Needle Rock Recreation Area is a fee-based day-use only site. Overnight camping is not permitted. Facilities consist of a general parking area, picnic areas with grills, trash service, and vault toilets. Recreation activities consist of riparian river hiking, swimming, fishing, and bird watching. This area is known for bald eagle and great blue heron nesting.


Fees: Tonto Pass

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The beach on the Verde River is generally rocky but attracts many people during the hot summer months. The area is noted for its unusual rock formations. Nearby is a protected riparian area, the Mesquite Bosque. This popular water recreation area attracts many people trying to escape the Arizona summer heat. The rocky beach area is surrounded by beautiful towering rock formations. Near the recreation site is a fenced unique biological area, a stand of mesquite. Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons are frequently seen in this vicinity.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Access is from either Scottsdale via Dynamite Boulevard (Rio Verde Drive) or Fountain Hills via McDowell Mountain Road. At the intersection of Rio Verde Drive and McDowell Mountain Road, turn north on paved FR20 and drive three miles to Needle Rock Recreation Area. The last 1/4 mile to Needle Rock beach is gravel.

Fees: day-use Tonto Pass is required for this site

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