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Needle Rock Recreation Area, AZ

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Trailhead Elevation 1,527 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking & Perennial Creek
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5  2018-11-09 Voltage69
2  2018-07-21 RickVincent
8  2018-04-21
Lower Verde Bike-Rafting
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6  2018-02-03
Needle Rock - Verde wander
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1  2017-12-16 ssk44
21  2017-05-07
Needle Rock to Bartlett Dam
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2  2017-04-23 rrshort
2  2017-04-19 arizona_water
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Mar
Sun  7:22am - 5:19pm
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Verde Trail - MMRP
Verde Trail - MMRP
3.3 mi away
1.2 mi
109 ft
North Trail - MMRP
4.1 mi away
2.9 mi
141 ft
Lousley Hill Trail - MMRP
4.8 mi away
1.2 mi
268 ft
Peak 3316 - Maverick Mtn Quad
Peak 3316 - Maverick Mtn Quad
4.8 mi away
0.9 mi
490 ft
Chuparosa Trail - MMRP
Chuparosa Trail - MMRP
4.8 mi away
0.5 mi
56 ft
Jojoba Trail #511
Jojoba Trail #511
4.9 mi away
2.6 mi
213 ft
Palo Verde Trail #512
Palo Verde Trail #512
5.7 mi away
4.7 mi
580 ft
Brushy Mountain 3533 - Tonto NF
6.0 mi away
1.3 mi
800 ft
Granite Mountain 4,699 - Tonto NF
Granite Mountain 4,699 - Tonto NF
6.1 mi away
5.5 mi
2,349 ft
Lone Mountain - Sycamore Creek
Lone Mountain - Sycamore Creek
6.2 mi away
0.6 mi
486 ft
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Needle Rock Recreation Area is located 13 miles east-northeast of Scottsdale Arizona. The trailhead is car accessible. January and December are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.


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 it 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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This hike is listed as One-Way.

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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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