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Maverick Trail

Monday, March 18, 2024

Other Names

Apache - Sitgreaves National Forest, Lakeside Ranger District, Maverick Motorized Trail, White Mountains, Sawmill Road Staging Area, Sky-Hi Staging Area, Timber Mesa Trailhead, Porter Mountain Loop

Last Known StatusOpen

This ATV trail opened to the public in June 2010 and offers a long and winding trail that connects the two towns of Clay Springs and Pine Top. The trail is roughly 60 miles long each way and consists of mostly rugged and hard packed terrain that winds through a cool ponderosa pine forest.

The trail system has five separate trailheads, and while a large portion of the trail is gated and open to machines 50 inches or less in width, there are some segments that can accomodate the larger ATV and UTV models (the segments marked in green are open to machines up to 60 inches).

Future plans are to extend the trails east toward the Springerville area and west toward the Heber-Overgaard area. This trail system is maintained by both the Forest Service and the WMOTA Club, so be sure to say thanks for these awesome trails.

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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 CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement
CommentCamping is not permitted at the staging areas but dispersed camping is allowed alongside the trail.


Miles Of Trail60
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6000 to 7200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has no loose dirt.None
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
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.None
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has some shaded areas.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)Circle K (928) 368-6139
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)Circle K (928) 368-6139
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Blue Ridge Motel (928) 367-0758
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SW)Blue Ridge Motel (928) 367-0758
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SW)Blue Ridge Motel (928) 367-0758
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (W)Lakeside Campground (928) 368-2100
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (W)Circle K (928) 368-6139




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityPinetop, AZ
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Pinetop, AZ
1) Take SR-260 South about 1 mile
2) Turn left (east) on Buck Springs Road, continue .6 miles
3) Turn left (north-east) on Sky Hi Road, continue 2 miles
4) Staging area is on the left (north).


Contact InfoApache Sitgreaves National Forest - Lakeside Ranger District
2022 W White Mtn. Bl.
Lakeside, AZ 85929
(928) 368-2100
(928) 687-8600
Contact InfoWhite Mountain Open Trails Association
P.O. Box 833
Show Low, AZ 85902
Contact InfoArizona State Parks
(602) 542-6942
(602) 542-2146
CommentArizona State Parks OHV Grants Program


Maverick Trail Photo

Maverick Trail

ATVs and UTVs on the Big Lake trail ride (July 2010)

Maverick Trail Photo

OHV at Maverick Trail

Eagar-Alpine ATV and UTV group ride.

Maverick Trail Photo

Trail Bike at Maverick Trail

Photo Submitted 7/29/2011 (Thanks!)

Maverick Trail Photo

Motorcycle at Maverick Trail

Photo Submitted 7/29/2011 (Thanks!)

Maverick Trail Photo

Off-Road Bike at Maverick Trail

Photo Submitted 7/29/2011 (Thanks!)

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