Blue Range Primitive Area, created in 1933, lies in east-central Arizona between the Coronado Trail National Scenic Byway (US 191) and the New Mexico border. It is named for the Blue River that flows north to south through the center of the area. It is rugged terrain similar to the White Mountain area to the west of the highway and is also a three-season hiking area. Only hiking and horseback riding, non-motorized, non-mechanized transport are allowed within this 173,762 acres of “wild” designated land. At the Blue Range PA, which is managed similar to a Wilderness Area, visitors will enjoy the mountains and beautiful views.
Primitive Area South of the Village of Blue
Southbound at Red Hill Road (FR 567) Jct.
Tutt Creek Trailhead (FR 567P)
Tutt Creek Trail #105Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep have been seen on the ridges alongside this moderately difficult 4.2 mile long hiking or horseback riding trail into the Blue Range PA. This year-round trail travels alongside Tutt Creek as it flows in between Deer Mountain and Foote Creek Mesa. Travel around the southeastern basin of Jones Park to reach the northeastern face of Devil’s Washboard at the Foote Creek Trail #76 junction and trail’s terminus. Cleveland Spring provides water for stock at 3.4 miles.
Head east off US 191 on Red Hill Road (FR 567) 11 miles to trailhead. Trailhead is located southbound off Red Hill Road, then follow jeep trail (FR 567P) 0.8 of a mile to trailhead parking and the trails junction with Bush Creek.
East off the Coronado Trail (US 191, MP 239)
on Red Hill Road (FR 567) to Blue
Blue Camp Admin. Site
Parking is available at this trailhead. Located bellow
the community of Blue on Blue River Road (FR 281).
Blue Camp Trailhead provides direct access to the following trails:
South Canyon Trail #53Follows Blue River Upstream to Marks Ranch
Connecting trails of Marks Ranch Trail and CowFlat Trail #55.
Lanphier Trail #52 Red Rock Pillars and Indian Canyon
Junction with Largo Trail #51 and Cow Flat Trail #55.
Largo Trail #51 Rock Masonry, Bear Mountain & WS Lake
Branches off Lanphier Trail #52, Telephone Ridge Shortcut #42 and WS Lake Trail #54.
Foote Creek Trail #76 (eastern end)P-Bar Lake near Trails End
Junction with Tutt Creek Trail #105, Horse Ridge Trail #38 and Grant Creek Trail #75.
Cole Flat lies along the west bank of the Blue River, Cole Flat is the central landmark of Greenlee County’s portion of the Blue Range Primitive.
Boasts a Great View of Castle Rock
Connecting trail of Tutt Creek Trail #105. Trailhead offers amenities of parking and two corrals. Access this trailhead with a short one-mile drive east of Beaverhead on Red Hill Road (FR 567) from the Coronado Trail (US 191), then turn south on FR 567B for .4 mile to the trailhead
Upper Blue Campground is a river valley camping experience located in the northeast corner of Greenlee County, sitting below the high bluffs and next to the Blue River. Hike to the top of Maness Peak and its elevation height of 8,262 feet to the southeast or the 8,129 feet summit of Milligan Peak to the north/northwest. Explore Jackson Box to the south and the historical Fogg Cabin to the north. Midway between the ranching communities of Blue and Whispering Pines, this fee-free campground is a perfect choice for exploring the northern waters of the Blue River Valley and the history it holds. Hunting, hiking, horseback riding and nature viewing are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed during a visit to this site. This campground for picnicking and tent/trailer camping offers amenities of picnic tables, prepared fire rings, restroom facilities and two campsites have Adirondack-style shelters. Note: seek alternate route to Blue River/Turkey Creek Road (FR 281) from US 180 when hauling trailers or traveling by way of RV.
Traveling from US 191 near Beaverhead, turn onto Red Hill Road (FR 567) and head
east 12.2 miles. At the Blue River crossing head northbound on
Blue River/Turkey Creek Road (FR 281). The campground entrance
is to the left (north) right before the river crossing.
Downs Ranch HideawayGuest Ranch in the Pristine Blue River Valley
738 Downs Ranch Road, Blue (928) 339-4952
Into "The Blue"
Blue River/Turkey Creek Road (FR 281)
Village of Blue
North to Whispering Pines
Northbound at the Red Hill Road (FR 567) Junction
Blue River Recreational Fish Hatchery
Fishing pond stocked with Rainbow Trout
69 Blue River Road (FR 281), Blue (928) 339-4534
Blue Public Library
Historical Cabin Structure
(Located behind the Blue School on FR 281G),
Blue (928) 339-4957
Tige Rim Trail #90 (north end)Views of the Upper Reaches of Tige Canyon
Hinkle Trail #30Connects Hinkle Springs to Marks Ranch at the Blue River
Tige Rim Trail #90 (south end) Cow Flat Trail #55
Small Falls, Campbell Flat Lake and Historical Bear Valley Cabin
Junctions with Bonanza Bill Trail #23, S Canyon Trail #53, Franz Spring #43, Lanphier Trail #52, WS Lake Trail #54, Little Blue Trail #41 to trail end at Blue River.
Franz Spring Trail #43Old Line Cabin, WS Lake, WS
Mountain, Fire Ridge & Bear Mountain Lookout
Name changed to WS Lake Trail #54 at the Lake to continue and junction with Bear Valley Trail #41 and Largo Trail #39.
Located near the village of Blue, east of the Blue River Road (FR 281), take the Pueblo Park Road (FR 232) less then five miles to the Bonanza Bill Trailhead. Bonanza Bill Trailhead (#23) Devil’s Monument & Hell’s Hole This trail travels south through the remote wilderness of the Blue Range PA where black bears, Mexican gray wolves and other wildlife can be seen or traces of evident. Junctions with the following trails:
Back on the Coronado Trail (US 191)
P-Bar Lake Trail #326Paradise Park & the North-Western Portionof the Blue Range PA
This is a shorter, though steeper, access to the P-Bar Lake
and Paradise Park area. East off the Coronado Trail US 191, and marked by a sign for Trail #326
Blue Crossing Campground is located beside the Blue River at 6200’ elevation within this beautiful river valley. Nestled
in the middle of the historical rustic ranching community of Blue, AZ, this fee-free campground is a perfect choice for a peaceful camping experience in a beautiful setting well off the beaten path. It also provides a convenient base camp for anyone seeking to explore the community of Blue or Blue Range Primitive Area via the Tutt Creek Trail #105 and the many trails offered off the Blue River Road (FR 281). Hunting, hiking, horseback riding and nature viewing are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed during a stay at this site.
This campground for picnicking and tent/trailer camping offers amenities of picnic tables, prepared fire rings, restroom facilities and two of the campsites have Adirondack-style shelters. Note: seek alternate route to Blue River Road (FR 281) from US 180 when hauling trailers or traveling by way of RV. Traveling from US 191 near Beaverhead, turn onto Red Hill Road (FR 567) and head east 12.1 miles. The campground entrance is to the left (north) right before the river crossing
Back on the Coronado Trail
Red Hill Trail #56
Carlton Vista Overlook is a great pull-off to stretch and take a moment to take in the southeast vista view of the Red Hills below. Overlook two valleys carved by the creeks running through them, Centerfire Creek to the northeast and Bush Creek to the southwest, stretching alongside Red Hill Road. Located in the middle of a hairpin turn, just east of the FR 58 turnoff, can be recognized by the use of a guardrail while traveling toward the community of Blue. West off the Trail on Red Hill Road (FR 567).
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Blue River Road (FR 281)
Wildlife Habitat Area
Northeast off US 191 on FR 37, north of Beaverhead
Middle Mountain Wildlife Habitat Area is a gentle to
moderately steep southwesterly facing mountain rim area of land that lies between Beaver Creek and Middle Mountain. Early morning and evening should provide wildlife photographers and viewers the best opportunities to view the large herds of deer and elk that have been observed within this reserve-like wildlife habitat. This area is closed to motorized vehicles from August 15th until December 31st. Road closure is especially important for preservation efforts made for all animals populating this habitat area during the hunting season.
Red Hill Road (FR 567)
Pueblo Park Road (FR 232)