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Agua Fria National Monument

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Phone
Phone:
623-580-5500
Address
BLM Phoenix Field Office
21605 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Basics
Location:
Located 40 miles north of Phoenix.
Type:
National Park
Elevation:
2,150 to 4,600 feet feet

Description

Adjacent to rapidly expanding communities, the 71,000-acre Agua Fria National Monument is approximately 40 miles north of central Phoenix. The monument encompasses two mesas and the canyon of the Agua Fria River. Elevations range from 2,150 feet above sea level along the Agua Fria Canyon to about 4,600 feet in the northern hills. This expansive mosaic of semi-desert area, cut by ribbons of valuable riparian forest, offers one of the most significant systems of prehistoric sites in the American Southwest. In addition to the rich record of human history, the monument contains outstanding biological resources.

Prehistoric archaeological sites, such as stone pueblos and rock art, are numerous but remote and inaccessible. Currently, no sites have been developed for public visitation. Visitors who encounter archaeological sites are encouraged to observe, enjoy and photograph them while leaving all artifacts as found for others to discover and appreciate. Artifacts are a non-renewable resource, so we must take care of what remains. Defacing archaeological sites is vandalism and is punishable by law. Additional activities include wildlife viewing, photography, primitive camping, hiking, hunting and rugged back-country vehicle travel (no off-road travel allowed).

Visits to the area require special planning. Potential hazards exist, including rugged and unmarked roads, poisonous reptiles and insects, extreme heat and flash floods. Visitors should bring plenty of water and gasoline, and stay on main roads. Four-wheel drive is recommended.

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  • Phoenix / Scottsdale area
  • Offroad Touring, ATV Tours, Jeep/Other Offroad
  • 602-400-2445

Arizona Outdoor Fun Rentals Arizona Outdoor Fun Rentals offers the best guided and unguided tours providing the newest and highest quality ATV, Rhino, Dirt Bike, & Sport Quad rentals. We are your complete one-stop shop for all your Arizona outdoor recreational fun offering every rental from water to land!. Setting the standard for customer service.

  • Bradshaw Mountains
  • Horseback Riding
  • 928-379-0260

Foothills Ranch Conveniently located on highway 69, we are 1 hour from Phoenix and Sedona, and only 30 minutes from Prescott. Our ranch has been family owned & operated for over 14 years and we know and love horses! Choose from a 1 hour to an all day ride. We will provide you with the best horseback riding in the area. Our customers come from all over the United States and around the world to enjoy our trails.

  • Western & Central U.S. Lakes
  • Boating
  • 801-830-8864

Invert Sports New competition MasterCraft wakeboard & ski boat rentals & charter. Jet ski, PWC & wave runner rental. Hyperlite water sports rentals. Lessons to wakeboard, water ski, wake skate, wake surf, knee board, air chair, tube & more. Servicing all lakes & reservoirs in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, California, Washington, South Dakota, Nebraska & Idaho.

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