Guide to Clear Creek Wilderness

West Clear Creek Wilderness

Acres: 15, 238

Established as a public wilderness: 1984

Location: near Camp
  Verde, Arizona

Activities: camping, swimming, fishing, sightseeing, backpacking
and hiking

Contact information: Coconino Forest
Supervisor’s Office

1824 S.
  Thompson St.

Flagstaff,
AZ 86001

928-527-3600

Fax 928-527-3620

Facilities available in Clear Creek Campground are: Drinking
water, cooking grills, vault toilets, and group sites.

Specific Trails in campground areas: General Crook National
Recreation Trail

        In the Bullpen
area is easy access to the nearby Blodgett Basin Trail.

Driving Directions: drive 50 miles south of Flagstaff on
I-17 take any Camp Verde exit and head east through Camp Verde. Drive 6 miles
on State Highway 260 Just past FR 618 is the Clear Creek Campground. Turn north
to the campground. Special Note: There are no mechanical vehicles allowed in
the wilderness.

Clear Creek Wilderness is a unique area of the Colorado
Plateau. It was formed when the Willow Creek and Clover Creek joined together
in one area in the Mogollon Rim. This rim is a major part of the Arizona Transition
Zone at the southwest corner of the Colorado Plateau of
Utah-Colorado-Arizona-and New Mexico….the four corners states.

West Clear Creek Wilderness offers many activities to enjoy.
Hiking in the wilderness on the infamous Trail 17, explorers can find many
kinds of plants and animals all year long.  A word of warning, hiking the canyon’s inner
gorge is difficult and can be dangerous. It is NOT recommended for
inexperienced hikers.  On the trails,
hikers can not only see many beautiful and colorful birds, but attention-grabbing
larger creatures as well. Some are the black bear, the javelin, and mountain
lions. Please do not try to pet or feed these animals.

Fishing: 40 fishable miles are designated for fishing. Some
species are rainbow trout, brown trout, and small mouth bass.

After a hot day, take a refreshing dip in the creek to cool
off. Be forewarned, the water is extremely cold. The melting snow off mountain
tops keeps the water cool. Some trailheads descend down into natural rock water
slides. Bald Hill Trailhead descends 1, 800 feet (over 3 miles) of slopes the
canyon floor. It ends at the Bull Pen Ranch at a collection of swimming holes
connected by shallow channels.

Campers can sleep under the stars in the Bull pen area.
Cabins are available year round in the campground area off Highway 260.  

 

More information such as activities and planned events in
the camping area can be obtained at the attendant’s cabin.