• Activities:

    Chillin, Fishing, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6.25 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    68 Feet

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Enjoy the melodic sounds of a flowing stream as you hike the Government Springs Trail!

To find Government Springs Trailhead, follow State Route 260 to State Route 373 (the Greer Turnoff), turn right and follow State Route 373 to FR 575 until it ends. At the end of the road is a small parking lot with restroom facilities. The trail starts at the north end of the parking lot.

This beautiful and sometimes rocky trail parallels the Little Colorado River and eventually connects with the East Baldy #95 Trail. The trail can be muddy at times and provide some unstable footing due to the large falls of boulders and trees. 

As you hike along the narrow path, you immediately start to hike near the Little Colorado River which can provide for some wet footing. At 0.5 miles, you will note large rock falls to your right, so be careful with your footing as you do hike across some rugged rock. 

After leaving the rock fall, the path becomes stable as you wind along the stream. Approximately 1.25 miles into the hike, you are presented with some nice pools for fishing which is stocked with brown and rainbow trout. 

At mile 3.1, you will reach Sheep's Crossing and highway 273 which marks the end of the trail. You can either leave a vehicle in the parking area at Sheep's Crossing or return towards the trailhead.

Pack List

  • Water & Snacks
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen, Bug Spray
  • Camera Equipment
  • Trekking Poles
  • Fishing Equipment
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Dan is an explorer for The Outbound and editor of The Proper Function, an outdoor online editorial. He is passionate about exploration and can’t stay put for more than a week.

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