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Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Camp Wood, Cottonwood Mountain, Stinson Mountain, Connell Mountains, BT Butte, Sheriden Mountain, Cedar Mesa, Sycamore Rim, Sycamore Mesa, Jones Mountain, Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This forested area offers some long and challenging ATV double-track loops with great panoramic views. Most of the trails are very manageable, but a few of them are relentlessly chunky so be prepared for a little bit of a bashing.

In addition to the trails, it is also possible to do long cruising loops on the smooth forest service roads which take you past some interesting old corrals and through a couple of shallow stream crossings.

With about 40 miles of trails, this is a great area for a full day ride, or two days of exploration, but the trails are generally more suited to ATVs than motorcycles.

Overall if you enjoy mountain views and you don't mind going slower on the rockier parts, you'll really enjoy this ride. Camping is permitted at Camp Wood staging area but there are no services.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityPrescott, AZ
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From: Prescott, AZ
1) Take CR-5 (Williamson Valley Road) north 22.1 miles
2) Turn left (west) on NF-21, continue 15.5 miles
3) Turn right (north) on NF-95, continue about 100 feet. Campsite/staging is on the right
4) Or continue .25 miles further along NF-95 to the larger staging area (recommended for RVs).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest

RATINGS

Prosfree camping, long trail loops, great scenery
Conslots of sharp rocks, no services, trail loops are long, very long access road - 15 mile dirt access road - is graded but long and slow, no single track motorcycle trails
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Spring/Fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles130
Miles Of Trail40
Climate TypeForest
Elevation3500 to 6500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has almost all rocks.All
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.NoneMostly ATV double track trails
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
sharp rocks, some steep banks
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Littleonly novice terrain is the foresert service roads, no play areas
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some
Commentrocks, rocks and more rocks

REGULATIONS

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 WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate and narrow terrain
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
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 Restriction
HorsebackNo RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areaspermitted at Camp Wood
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingYes ($5.00)
day use area fee
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (SE)Yavapai Regional Medical Center (928) 445-2700
Gasoline Gasoline30+ Miles (SE)Circle K (928) 776-1271
Diesel Diesel30+ Miles (SE)Prescott
Potable Water Water30+ Miles (SE)Prescott
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (SE)Wilow Lake RV Park & Campground (928) 445-6311
RV Dump Station RV Disposal30+ Miles (SE)Wilow Lake RV Park & Campground (928) 445-6311
Primitive Camping Campground30+ Miles (SE)Wilow Lake RV Park & Campground (928) 445-6311
Convenience Store Conv Store30+ Miles (SE)Prescott
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (SE)Watson Lake
Body of Water Water Body30+ Miles (SE)Watson Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SE)Watson Lake

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoPrescott National Forest - Chino Valley Ranger District
735 N. Hwy 89
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 777-2200
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact InfoArizona Game & Fish Department
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
CommentOHV Decal Info

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

We couldn't get enough of these gorgeous mountain views from almost every hilltop.  We stopped many times to take it all in.

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This is one example of one of the many interesting little climbs and rock steps to be found on the main loop.

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The trails are an even mixture of woods and desert vegetation.  This photo was taken somewhere near the staging and camping area.

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There was nothing too extreme on the main loop, but there were enough rocks to make you feel a little bit weary by the end.

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Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

Coming down one of the many short hills.  We didn't encounter anything very steep.

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There are some rock steps like this scattered throughout but nothing we encountered seemed too scary or dangerous.

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Scenery at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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A trail at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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Posing in front of the old corral.  There were a number of little photo opportunities like this along the main forest service roads.

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This was a pretty good ride for sight seeing.

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Scenic view of Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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Example of terrain at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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OHV at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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OHV at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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OHV at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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Scenery from Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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Sheridan Mountain Trail Photo

OHV at Sheridan Mountain Smith Mesa OHV Trail System

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