Location

  • Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead to Canelo Pass

Length

  • 14.2 miles

Southern Trailhead: Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead

Access

From the town of Sonoita, follow AZ 83 south 30 miles to its intersection with FR 48. Turn left (south) onto FR 48, continue 0.5 miles, and turn right onto South Lake Drive. Proceed 0.5 miles to a parking area near an AZT kiosk.


Northern Trailhead: Canelo Pass

Access

From the town of Patagonia, follow Harshaw Road (FR 58) east 14 miles to an intersection where FR 58 makes a 90-degree turn to the right. Avoid this turn and continue straight ahead (east) on FR 799. In 5 miles, cross Canelo Pass and continue about 0.5 miles down the other side to a large parking area on the left (west) side of the road. The trail toward Patagonia departs from the right side of a kiosk; the trail arriving from Passage 2 is on the left side of the kiosk.

From the town of Sonoita, follow AZ 83 south for 18 miles to a turnoff on the right for FR 799. Continue 2.9 miles to a parking area on the right that is marked with Arizona Trail signs.


Trail Route Description

From the southern terminus near Parker Canyon Lake, the trail follows a westerly route trending downhill through grass and forest covered hills to Parker Canyon. It then heads north through the Canelo Hills, with quite a bit of up and down. Dropping into Pauline Canyon, it trends westerly again, then northwest as it climbs to the top of the Canelo ridge, which it follows for a couple of miles. Finally, it drops down to intersect with FR 799 at the Canelo Pass Trailhead.


Difficulty

  • Moderate

Season(s)


Water

The only reliable water source on this passage is Parker Canyon Lake. About 3 miles in there is a dirt tank that may have water. This tank is east of the trail and not easy to see when traveling north. About 5 miles north of that is a dirt tank as you drop into Pauline Canyon, which may have water. About 1.5 miles more, you drop into Western Canyon, which in wet times may have water in it.


Notes/Warnings

  • Water is intermittent and scarce. Plan to bring your own water. All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • Trail is designed for hiking and horseback riding. Mountain bikes are permitted.
  • Cattle grazing occurs along the route of the trail. Please close all gates.
  • Mines are located near some of the trail routes and are marked. Please stay on the trail.
  • Developed campsites and a seasonally operated concession store are located at Parker Canyon Lake.

Resources

  • USGS Topographic Maps: Huachuca Peak, Canelo Pass and O’Donnell Canyon.
  • Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

For more information


Current Passage Info

Use Caution

The AZT along the AZ/Mexico border continues to be impacted by people crossing illegally into the United States. Many new side trails are being created by dispersed foot traffic and AZT users should avoid mistakenly taking these trails intersecting the Arizona Trail (sometimes the AZT is less distinct than these foot paths). Trail users may meet immigrants along this passage, especially near water sources, and although no negative incidents have ever been reported by AZT users, caution should be exercised when hiking and camping in the Huachuca Mountains. It is recommended to camp as far away from the trail as possible.
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Flickr Photos

Photos from the Arizona Trail Association’s Flickr galleries, for this specific passage. View the entire Flickr account.

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