Hike of the Week: Red Cliff at Hassayampa River in Wickenburg 

Mare CzinarMarch 16, 2023
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Following the usually dry course of the Hassayampa River, this wonky walk culminates at a prominent russet-colored rock outcropping and favorite roosting site for turkey vultures. 

  • LENGTH: 4 miles to Red Cliff and back
  • RATING: easy
  • ELEVATION: 1,710 – 1,771 feet
  • BEST SEASON: October – April
  • FACILITIES: none


  • From Phoenix, go north on Interstate 17 to State Route 74 (Carefree Highway).  
  • Take SR 74 west (toward Wickenburg) for 30 miles to U.S. 60.
  • Turn left and go 0.8-mile on U.S. 60 to Gates Road at milepost 121, turn right and continue 2.3 miles to the trailhead at Little Domingo Wash.
  • Do not park within a quarter-mile of the livestock water tank and respect private property in the area.
  • Access roads are paved.