Juniper Ridge Horseback Riding

The 38th most popular equestrian trail in Arizona.

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Northwest of Show Low and just southeast of Pinedale in the White Mountains, the Juniper Ridge (#640) is another excellent hard-pack trail. There are 7.2 and 14+ mile options as the trail winds through pine and junipers and offers some great views, especially at the Juniper Ridge Lookout.

The horseback riding trailhead can be accessed by heading east on SR260 out of Show Low. Go past Burton Road (see Ghost of the Coyote trail) and look for Old HWY 160 to the left. Go down this road a couple of miles to a small parking area and sign-in station on the right.

For the short loop, start to the left (clockwise). After about two to three miles, keep your eye out for the shortcut trail (yellow dots) to the right. This will take you up the hill another two miles to the loop back. There is a good steep downhill stretch with a great drop-off over a log and then about five miles of ragin single and two track back to the trailhead.

To take the longer loop, either way is OK. Just be sure to take time to climb to the top of Juniper Ridge Lookout (6898 ).

Note, the region experienced a forest fire in 2002.

Overall, Juniper Ridge is the 38th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Juniper Ridge including Timber Mesa Trail, Los Burros Trail, Blue Ridge Trail, Ghost Of The Coyote Trail, Los Caballos Trail and Buena Vista Horse Trail.

Juniper Ridge Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  ASNF (928) 368-5111; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816; Pinetop Tourism (928) 367-4290.

Best Season:  May - Oct

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Lakeside CG near Lakeside Ranger Office

Breakfast Restaurant:  Johnny Angels, Pinetop

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  34.29829, -110.23004

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  8/11/2016

ID:  15148

Juniper Ridge Horseback Riding Map


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