The Great Western Trail

As you know, Mark doesn’t sit around town on the weekends so we thought we’d show you another fun Saturday trip. The Great Western Trail is a 3000 mile backcountry route from Canada to Mexico. Arizona’s 800 mile portion of the trail uses back roads that traverse rugged and beautiful country.

Back in June we headed out from our weekend “home” in Munds Park to make a day trip along the Great Western Trail. We went to Williams for breakfast and then off we went! Next stop was White Horse Lake then on to Sycamore Point for a fantastic view of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Area. We continued on and looked out over the Verde Valley and ended up down at the Verde River at Perkinsville. Did you know that wild gourds grow along the riverside? We made our way back up into Jerome (looking down on Gold King Mine and Ghost Town as we approached) where we grabbed an iced coffee for the road. On through Cottonwood onto Sedona then up Schnebly Hill Road and back to Munds Park! Whoo hoo! It was a great day!


You can get more information in general about The Great Western Trail at or for specifics about the Arizona portion go to