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Saffel Canyon OHV Trail

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Other Names

Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest, Mulligan Knoll, Saffell Spring, Milligan Valley, Flat Top, Round Valley, Mulligan Valley Creek, Pat Knoll

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest features a 21-mile linear trail (one way in, one way out), one four mile loop and a designated tot-lot that winds through a mixed ponderosa pine, conifer and pinion-juniper forest. Colorful wildflowers, grassy meadows and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are also among the many attractions.

The trail system is well marked and rated as mostly easy-medium difficulty but note there are a few tight sections for ATVs. Most of the terrain is hard packed dirt but there are some sections that have been covered with loose gravel.

There is no fee charged to ride or park but note that the staging area is only open during daylight hours. Camping can be found near the town of Greer, Big Lake and Lyman Lake State Park.

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Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoAll non-residents must purchase an Arizona OHV decal.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areasdispersed tent camping permitted, staging area is day use only
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRating
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityEagar, AZ
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: St. Johns, AZ
1) Take US-180 (US-191) South about 25 miles
2) Turn left to stay on US-180 (US-191), continue 8 miles
3) Turn right on SR-260 (US-180), continue 1.6 miles
4) Turn right (west) on W. Central Avenue, continue 1 block
5) Turn left (south) on S. Harless Street, continue 1 mile
6) Proceed straight through the 4-way intersection onto Water Canyon Road, continue 1.8 miles
7) Turn left (east) on FS-74, continue .9 miles
8) Turn right on FS-74D. Trailhead is on the right.


Contact InfoApache Sitgreaves NF - Springerville Ranger District
P.O. Box 640
Springerville, AZ 85938
(928) 333-6200


Saffel Canyon Trail Photo

Saffel Canyon OHV Trail

Photo Submitted 8/27/2011 (Thanks!)

Saffel Canyon Trail Photo

Saffel Canyon OHV Trail

Photo Submitted 11/5/2015 (Thanks!)

Saffel Canyon Trail Photo

OHV at Saffel Canyon OHV Trail

Photo Submitted 8/27/2011 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeForest
Elevation7600 to 9400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Circle K (928) 333-2346
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Circle K (928) 333-2346
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (W)Rolfe C. Hoyer Campground (928) 333-6200
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)Apache Trout Campground (928) 333-6200
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (W)Rolfe C. Hoyer Campground (928) 333-6200
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (W)Rolfe C. Hoyer Campground (928) 333-6200
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (N)Circle K (928) 333-2346
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