By: Dave Helgeson
Places to Ride:
Hayfield Draw near Camp Verde, Arizona
Overview of Riding Area
Fun Hill Climbs
Dry Wash Riding
ATVs Limited to 50"Wide
While Hayfield Draw OHV area is not a
destination riding area, its location just off
Hwy 260 makes it very convenient for ATV riders
passing through the area to enjoy a short ride.
For locals in the Verde Valley it can provide
hours of family fun without investing much time
or fuel getting there. The area has
approximately 80 acres of motorized trails and
cross-country areas suitable for sport ATVs. You
can ride up dry creek beds, run around user made
tracks or try the hill climbs farther back in
the riding area. The forest service has
established riding terrain to accommodate rider
skill levels from beginner tots to experienced
adult. The forest service encourages users to
ride in the area most appropriate to their skill
level to reduce the risk of accidents.
Each skill level area is designated with colored
posts. The forest service defines each skill
level as follows:
- Tot Lot - White Posts - This area is
only for the little riders as they learn the
No large machines please.
- Beginner - Yellow Posts - For those who
are learning to ride their OHV, this is a
good location to practice basic skills like
throttle control, shifting, and braking.
- Intermediate - Blue Posts - This area of
gullies and tight turns is perfect for small
machines and for practicing turns, clutch use,
and braking on any machine.
- Experienced - Red Posts - This large
area is designed for the most experienced rider.
Note that the road at the back of this area is
for emergency vehicles only.
- In addition, Orange Posts indicate the
area where cross-country use is restricted.
Note: Tot Lot is for children 12 and under
riding ATVs or bikes of under 100cc’s. The entire Tot Lot is visible from the staging
area, so mom and dad can keep a watchful eye on
the little ones wherever they may venture in the
Facilities include: vault toilets, shaded picnic
tables, grills, large graveled staging area,
informational signing, and loading/unloading
Bring your own drinking water as no water is
available at the site.
You will find a map of the riding area at:
Hayfield Draw is day use only–no camping
Nearest campgrounds in the area:
Private: Krazy K RV Park north side of Camp
Public: Clear Creek forest service campground 5
miles east of Camp Verde
From the junction of I-17 and State Highway 260.
Travel approximately 5.5 miles west on Hwy 260
and watch for Hayfield Draw OHV area on the
south side of the highway.
Fuel, food, and lodging are available at nearby
Camp Verde or Cottonwood, Arizona
Rules and Regulations:
Fees: There is a day use fee of $3 per vehicle
to ride Hayfield Draw.
A valid forest service pass can be displayed in
place of paying the day use fee.
Wednesdays are free for everyone!
- Area is only for vehicles 50" wide or
less. Gate keepers are in place to keep over
width vehicles out. No full size 4X4 or UTVs
over 50" wide
- All vehicles must have working
USFS-approved spark arrestor
- All vehicles must meet Federal and State
noise standards - AZ max. 96 decibels
- Riders must stay on designated trails
when not in cross-country areas
- Dawn to dusk riding only
For Additional Information:
Prescott National Forest
Verde Ranger District
P.O. Box 670, (300 East Highway 260)
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Phone (928) 567-4121
Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the