Hike the Ridge Trail at Pipe Spring National Monument»
After the tour of Winsor Castle, we hiked the short Ridge trail which starts just to the west of the fort. It’s a short loop, a little over half a mile, that climbs the short ridge behind the fort on a series of long switchbacks. The elevation gain is 130 feet, but it feels steeper in the hot desert sun. It is in the high desert, so the base is already around 5000 feet.The Kaibab Paiute Reservation was created in 1907 and the land surrounding the monument is part of the Reservation. At a few points on the trail, we ran into fencing and signs warning off trespassers from Paiute land.The trail then descends down the other side to arrive at the fort, corrals, garden, and orchard. We visited the oxen and horses in the corral and stopped in the gift shop.
Location: 406 N Pipe Spring Rd, Fredonia, AZ 86022
Designation: National Park
Date designation declared: 5/31/1923
Date of my visit: 4/14/2017