Sheep Bridge at the Verde River

Longest…

  TRIP so far…

but SO WORTH IT!!

Bloody Basin Road
Bloody Basin Road The Trail to Sheep Bridge

We first stopped at the Agua Fria National Monument

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To see the Indian ruins at…

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From the jeep to the ruins…

about 1/2 mile walk.

Look at that view!

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Right after this picture was taken… the jackets started to come off. It warmed up real quick.

The winter weather here, just north of Phoenix, has been quite warm.

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Pueblo La Plato ruins.

The Hohokam Indian Culture lived here and all through the Bradshaw Mountains.

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After the ruins we were back on Bloody Basin Road.

Bloody Basin Road
Bloody Basin Road

The trail is long and very bumpy.

4 wheel drive is needed.

There are many photo ops along the way. Going with other people makes this trip fun!

I can’t tell you how many times we said …

“where’s  the  bridge???”

THEN…

As I was looking out the window…

🙂

I saw it!

This picture was taken up on top of the trail coming down!

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Sheep Bridge

Breathtaking!

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During WWII sheepherders built a walking bridge to herd their sheep across the Verde River.

It was torn down in 1988. The new bridge is 598 feet between towers.  The walkway itself is 476 feet long and about 3 foot wide.  It crosses high above the Verde River.  We all walked across it and felt quite safe!

Below is a shot taken from standing on the bridge. We were all amazed of how clear the water was. Lots of hot springs surround the area!

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The Verde River

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I noticed this cactus on the rocks.

Doesn’t he look like he is trying to climb up the rocks…

Love this shot!

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It was a L-O-N-G trip…

but well worth it!

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Sheep Bridge

Start out early and make the trip!

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