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Bartlett Lake Recreation Area

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Bartlett Reservoir, Horshoe Dam, Bootles Canyon, Indian Springs Wash, Verde River, Fr 42, Tonto National Forest, Bartlett Dam, Rattlesnake Recreation Site, South Cove Recreation Site

Last Known StatusOpen

Bartlett Lake has one main but challenging 4x4 trail known as the FR 42 that consists of sandy washes, steep hills and rocky sections. Summer temperatures can get very hot (100+ degrees) so bring extra shade plus water and keep an eye out for desert wildlife such as lizards and rattlesnakes. Most of the southern part and eastern part of Bartlett Lake is inaccessible, however the western side of the lake offers camping, picnic and day use facilities.

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Nearest CityCarefree, AZ
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From: Carefree, AZ
1) Follow N. Cave Creek Road east for about 6 miles
2) Turn right (east) on E. Bartlett Dam Road and continue for about 13 miles
3) After you pass a pay station turn left (north) on SR 459
4) Proceed about 2 miles to the FR 42 sign.


LandNational Forest


Prosscenic views of Bartlett Lake and surrounding desert vegetation, on-site boat ramp and campgrounds
Conshot, dry
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Square Miles35
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation1800 to 3900 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.


ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryYes ($4.00 per vehicle)
$2.00 per boat
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)


First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SW)Mayo Clinic Hospital (480) 515-6296
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (W)Shell (480) 488-3451
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (W)Shell (480) 488-3451
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (W)Carefree
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (W)Cave Creek Recreation Area (623) 465-0431
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (SE)Bartlett Lake Marina (602) 316-3378
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (W)Bashas (480) 488-1797
Swimming Swim AreaOn SiteBartlett Lake
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteBartlett Lake
Boating Launch Boat RampOn SiteBartlett Lake Marina (602) 316-3378


Contact InfoTonto National Forest - Cave Creek Ranger Station
40202 North Cave Creek Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
(480) 595-3300
Contact InfoArizona Game & Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
(602) 942-3000
CommentOHV Decal Info


Bartlett Lake Trail Photo

Bartlett Lake Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2011 (Thanks for the great shots!)

Bartlett Lake Trail Photo

OHV at Bartlett Lake Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2011 (Thanks!)

Bartlett Lake Trail Photo

OHV crossing some water at Bartlett Lake Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2011 (Thanks!)

Bartlett Lake Trail Photo

Scenic view at Bartlett Lake Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2011 (Thanks!)

Bartlett Lake Trail Photo

OHV at Bartlett Lake Recreation Area Trail

Photo Submitted 12/25/2011 (Thank You)

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