Hike the Badger Spring Wash Trail

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Added by John Maurizi

Badger Spring Wash Trail is a 4-mile out-and-back hike in Agua Fria National Park. 

Badger Spring Wash is a dry stream bed most of the year. This trail starts from the Badger Spring Trailhead just off Route 17 north from Phoenix. The trail follows the stream bed, sometimes in or along side for 1.5 miles. At about one mile, you reach the spring and a good amount of water which is surprising to find in the desert. The main trail is to the left along a rock outcropping. If you take a little time to search this outcropping, you may find several
ancient Indian petroglyphs. 

At the middle and near the top, is a very good example of early American Indian petroglyphs. I think the ones near the top are best. You can easily walk right by them but
just watch for that rock cliff on the left side of the trail. The rock art may have been done by early Yavapai or the Perry Mesa Indians who settle the area in 1250 A.D.

Continue along the trail on the left and avoid the open boulder field. Many people miss the trail on the left. Watch for small cairns showing the way. The trail fades away into brush. Return the way you came. 

On your way back out, be sure to explore the right side of the spring. Cross over the wash and hike along the bank of the water. The wash turns a corner and opens to a lush plant area. It is a beautiful relaxing spot that offers some shade. There are a few dispersed camping spots. A nice side trip to explore.

Pack List

This wash gets very hot!  

  • Bring plenty of water 
  • Good hiking boots
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Features:

Scenic
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