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Agua Fria National Monument

Cordes Lakes, AZ 85324
+1 623-580-5500
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Remote Bureau of Land Management (BLM) national monument

As the speedometer approaches the 75 mile per hour speed limit along I-17 in central Arizona it’s... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
JFPPhoto7
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Flagstaff, Arizona
Exploration rather than an easy visit.

Exploration rather than an easy visit. First we had to locate the entry. Then we took it slowly on... read more

Reviewed December 1, 2017
Cavydad
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Camarillo, California
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A new national park which has numerous prehistoric archeological sites.
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good30%
  • Average10%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible15%
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“low clearance” (2 reviews)
“dirt road” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Cordes Lakes, AZ 85324
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed December 1, 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
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Reviewed November 23, 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.

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Reviewed November 11, 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
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Reviewed September 23, 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
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Reviewed September 19, 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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Reviewed May 28, 2017

No there isn't a information site at the beginning but there are signs that warn people that the roads are not suitable for low clearance / two wheel drive vehicles about a half mile from the turn off from I-17. There are about 450 archaeological...More

7  Thank Tom W
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Reviewed April 3, 2017

We entered the monument via Bloody Basin road off I-17. Visiting this park will definitely require a high clearance vehicle and in some areas FWD or AWD. We visited the riparian area and saw a leopard frog (rare) along with interesting bugs, lizards and Caterpillars....More

Thank phxchica127
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

The Agua Fria National Monument is located about forty miles north of Phoenix, along the east side of Interstate 17. Having visited most of the national monuments in and around the eastern and central of Arizona, we thought it would be a good idea to...More

1  Thank NyonyaLady
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Reviewed January 9, 2017

We stopped here on a road trip & didn't see anything. There wasn't a Visitors' Center so it was difficult to tell what we were supposed to be looking for. There's a National Monument sign but otherwise it is dessert--I'm sure it has important qualities,...More

Thank Shery211
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Becky R
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Response from Peter W | Reviewed this property |
the best petroglyphs I have seen are a little further north at the Montezuma Well exit. Not to be confused with Montezuma Castle. sorry I can't be more specific.
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