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By: Dave Helgeson

Places to Ride: Hayfield Draw near Camp Verde, Arizona

Tot Lot
Tot Lot

Overview of Riding Area
Overview of Riding Area

Fun Hill Climbs
Fun Hill Climbs

Dry Wash Riding
Dry Wash Riding

ATVs Limited to 50"Wide
ATVs Limited to 50"Wide

While Hayfield Draw OHV area is not a destination riding area, its location just off Hwy 260 makes it very convenient for ATV riders passing through the area to enjoy a short ride. For locals in the Verde Valley it can provide hours of family fun without investing much time or fuel getting there. The area has approximately 80 acres of motorized trails and cross-country areas suitable for sport ATVs. You can ride up dry creek beds, run around user made tracks or try the hill climbs farther back in the riding area. The forest service has established riding terrain to accommodate rider skill levels from beginner tots to experienced adult. The forest service encourages users to ride in the area most appropriate to their skill level to reduce the risk of accidents.

Each skill level area is designated with colored posts. The forest service defines each skill level as follows:

  • Tot Lot - White Posts - This area is only for the little riders as they learn the sport. No large machines please.
  • Beginner - Yellow Posts - For those who are learning to ride their OHV, this is a good location to practice basic skills like throttle control, shifting, and braking.
  • Intermediate - Blue Posts - This area of gullies and tight turns is perfect for small machines and for practicing turns, clutch use, and braking on any machine.
  • Experienced - Red Posts - This large area is designed for the most experienced rider. Note that the road at the back of this area is for emergency vehicles only.
  • In addition, Orange Posts indicate the area where cross-country use is restricted.

Note: Tot Lot is for children 12 and under riding ATVs or bikes of under 100cc’s. The entire Tot Lot is visible from the staging area, so mom and dad can keep a watchful eye on the little ones wherever they may venture in the Tot Lot.

Facilities include: vault toilets, shaded picnic tables, grills, large graveled staging area, informational signing, and loading/unloading ramps. Bring your own drinking water as no water is available at the site.

You will find a map of the riding area at: www.2az.us/ohv-hayfield-draw-pm.html

Camping:

Hayfield Draw is day use only–no camping permitted.

Nearest campgrounds in the area:

Private: Krazy K RV Park north side of Camp Verde www.krazykrv.com/

Public: Clear Creek forest service campground 5 miles east of Camp Verde www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/recrea ... camp.shtml

Getting There:

From the junction of I-17 and State Highway 260. Travel approximately 5.5 miles west on Hwy 260 and watch for Hayfield Draw OHV area on the south side of the highway.

Services:

Fuel, food, and lodging are available at nearby Camp Verde or Cottonwood, Arizona

Rules and Regulations:

Fees: There is a day use fee of $3 per vehicle to ride Hayfield Draw.  A valid forest service pass can be displayed in place of paying the day use fee.  Wednesdays are free for everyone!

  • Area is only for vehicles 50" wide or less. Gate keepers are in place to keep over width vehicles out. No full size 4X4 or UTVs over 50" wide
  • All vehicles must have working USFS-approved spark arrestor
  • All vehicles must meet Federal and State noise standards - AZ max. 96 decibels
  • Riders must stay on designated trails when not in cross-country areas
  • Dawn to dusk riding only

For Additional Information:

Prescott National Forest
Verde Ranger District
P.O. Box 670, (300 East Highway 260)
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Phone (928) 567-4121
www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott/index.shtml

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.


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