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Quite some landscape

If you are on Route 17 going from Flagstaff to Phoenix, you will go right through this National... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2018
jer b
Bristol, Connecticut
Did we miss something?

Was so excited to visit Aqua Fria after reading many photographers highlight what was there. Well... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2018
Sugar Land, Texas
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A new national park which has numerous prehistoric archeological sites.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Cordes Lakes, AZ 85324
+1 623-580-5500
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Reviewed 13 July 2018

This is a great place if you don't want to be running into people everywhere. I t foes not have paved roads or amenities. And that is what is GREAT about it. Put on some good hiking shoes/boots,stretch and start walking. Make sure you keep...More

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Reviewed 29 June 2018

If you are on Route 17 going from Flagstaff to Phoenix, you will go right through this National Monument. It is a quite striking landscape with rolling hills, semi-arid grasslands and some trees like willows scattered here and there. What a contrast from the green...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2018

Was so excited to visit Aqua Fria after reading many photographers highlight what was there. Well, not sure I found anything. Drove I-17 to exit #259 Bloody Basin Road. Easily found the entrance to Aqua Fria. Drove the road nearly to the other exit off...More

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

My wife and i are trying to visit all of the national parks and national monuments in the west. As part of our adventure, we purchased a national parks passport book and are stamping our passport book at all of the parks and monuments that...More

Thank dalsmith2016
Reviewed 20 April 2018

As the speedometer approaches the 75 mile per hour speed limit along I-17 in central Arizona it’s not hard to imagine that one would completely miss the fact that they are skirting the boundary of Agua Fria National Monument. There is one sign marking its...More

1  Thank JFPPhoto7
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Exploration rather than an easy visit. First we had to locate the entry. Then we took it slowly on the road. Fortunately we have a SUV. Well worth the effort. Stop your vehicle whenever it looks interesting and take a walk. Look at the plants...More

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 23 November 2017

If you are looking for a beautiful place to stretch your legs between Phoenix and Flagstaff and don't want to detour to Sedona, this is the place. Easy walk along a mostly soft dirt/sandy trail. Beautiful scenery.

1  Thank drbking
Reviewed 11 November 2017

This is a little known National Momument on Highway 17 north of Phoenix at some 3500 feet.It is open grassland and rocky hills and has some beautiful scenery. Access is via a dirt road off 17 and definitely worth a look on a nice day.

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

My family and I spent and hour looking for this monument and ended up on a mountain... maybe if the roads were more clearly marked or had a few 'monument x miles' would be great. Half way through we saw a visitors information board by...More

1  Thank sdickey024
Reviewed 19 September 2017

I have never been to this site during the daytime. There appears to be a monument and hiking trails at this location. It's about 40 miles, 60 minutes away from the heart of Phoenix. We drove here last night because I knew it was a...More

Thank Carrie S
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31 August 2018|
Response from dalsmith2016 | Reviewed this property |
Phyllis, I'm not certain that my answer will lead you to a location with a lot of wild life, but I can give you the directions to a relatively flat hike that my wife and I enjoyed. Take exit 256 (Badger Spring Road) and... More
Becky R
21 August 2016|
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Response from dalsmith2016 | Reviewed this property |
Becky, From what I have read, there are petroglyphs throughout the Aqua Fria National Monument, so I will tell you about the ones that I know about. Go to exit 256 (Badger Springs Road) and travel to the trailhead located... More