Perkinsville Road Offers Adventure, Beauty

Outdoor adventure reigns in Chino Valley!

by Maggie Tidaback, Economic Development Project Manager, Town of Chino Valley

Perkinsville Road is a local favorite, and with our tourism campaign launching soon it will be popular with many Arizonans. This road is named after the Perkins family, who owns the ranch land that the wildly scenic road meanders through. 

This well-maintained dirt road will take you all the way to Jerome and Williams. Many take their off-road vehicles and spend the day observing breathtaking vistas of red rock and Chino Valley’s natural beauty.

The first stretch wanders through junipers, oak, mesquite trees and grama grass, which Chino lends its name to. Along the way, you will pass the Garchen Buddhist Institute and not much farther land upon one of the most beautiful vistas I have ever seen.

About 20 miles in, you’ll reach a T — Jerome to the right, Perkinsville to the left. Go left fist and you will cross the Perkinsville Bridge, the most reliable crossing over the Verde River. There is a picnicking area with a rope swing into the river.

A sign directs you to Jerome along much the same route as the one the Perkinses used to transport their beef to feed miners in the early 1900s.

To get to Jerome, head back over the bridge and go straight. The last few miles are not for acrophobic (which I am) or the heavy-footed driver. There are no guard rails, and the drop seems steep, but the views make up for any irrational fears you may have.  

The entire Verde Valley spreads out below, with panoramic vistas of Sedona’s magical red rocks, and Humphreys Peak perpetually white with snow on the horizon. Now you’re in historic Jerome!

The entire Verde Valley spreads out below, with panoramic vistas of Sedona’s magical red rocks, and Humphreys Peak perpetually white with snow on the horizon. Now you’re in historic Jerome! 

Beyond day trips, there are dry camping and shooting areas off Perkinsville Road. During the spring, summer and early fall the weather is perfect to camp and spend the day hiking the beautiful hills and washes of Perkinsville. 

Panning along the Verde River offers the excitement of extracting gold and natural beauty that you only see in Chino Valley. 

So, if you’re looking for a fun off-roading outdoor adventure day, Perkinsville Road will provide fun, relaxation, great weather and unforgettable memories!

Vehicle requirements: None in good weather, but a 4-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended during winter when snow may be on the road, and in July or August, when afternoon thunderstorms are common.