Near Flagstaff, the Mount Elden and Dry Lake Hills area is home of a magnificent trail system on the northern outskirts of Flagstaff. This area has unsurpassed views of the San Francisco Peaks, the volcanic fields of east Flagstaff, Sunset Crater and even the Painted Desert. Keep an eye to the dirt for elusive black bear tracks. The better known tracks include the popular Sunset Trail (#23 / 4 mi. / 1300), the gnarly descent on the Heart Trail (#1300, 3.5, 1300 feet ), the Little Elden Trail (4.7mi. / 600 ), the Pipeline Trail (#42 / 2.8 mi. / 100), the Rocky Ridge Trail (#153, 2.2 mi. / 100), the Oldham Trail (#1 / 5.5 mi. / 2000) leading direct from town, and the Schultz Creek Trail (#152 / 3.5 mi. / 600) paralleling FS420.
The horseback riding trailhead is located 4.5 miles north of Flagstaff on US89. Turn left on Little Elden Spring Road (FS556).
Overall, Mount Elden / Dry Lake Hills Trail System is the 26th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona.