- Canelo Pass to Highway 82
- 17.7 miles
Southern Trailhead: Canelo Pass
- GPS Coordinates: 31.51291° N, 110.55819° W
This passage does not feel as isolated as the previous two, but it is seldom used. 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.
Please note there is no public access to the AZT along Red Rock Canyon Road due to private property and a locked gate.
A map of all trailhead access points can be found here.
Northern Access Point: Casa Blanca Canyon Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 31°36’1.23″N, 110°43’26.83″W
From the north, follow Highway 82 toward the town of Patagonia. Four miles north of town, turn right/west on Casa Blanca Canyon Road. Follow this dirt road west for 1/4-mile and look for the trailhead on your left/south. Park here, walk through the AZT gate, and follow the Connector Trail for 1/3-mile to locate the Arizona Trail. There is no parking or access along Highway 82; instead please use the Casa Blanca Canyon Trailhead nearby.
Trail Route Description
From the Canelo Pass Trailhead the trail runs generally westward as it climbs over a 5,600′ saddle and drops into the upper end of Meadow Valley. It continues west through Red Rock Canyon, passing Down Under Tank and the Cott Tank Environmental Exclosure, before arriving at Red Bank Well. Turning north, the trail passes close to Gate Spring, passes Red Rock Canyon Road (private property to the west), and then continues through hills and oak and manzanita. A recently built segment of trail takes you north, diverging from the old historic route that heads west toward Harshaw Road and the Town of Patagonia. After 6.4 miles you’ll pass through a steel AZT gate and follow ranch roads for another 2 miles through private property until you arrive in Casa Blanca Canyon underneath Highway 82.
NOTE: Recent trail construction to remove the Arizona Trail from paved and dirt roads near the Town of Patagonia takes the trail away from town instead of right through it. AZT users wanting to visit Patagonia should walk along the Patagonia Train Track Trail at Highway 82 for 4.5 miles to get to town. This is a much safer alternative than walking along Harshaw Road. Check out the Casa Blanca Canyon Trailhead Sign to see options and plans for future trail construction on Passage 4.
- Fall, Winter and Spring
- Current weather forecast
Water may be available at Down Under Tank, Cott Tank Exclosure, and Gate Spring. Red Bank Well generally has water, as it is an important cattle watering location, and uses a solar powered pump. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.
- WARNING: If you choose to travel on Harshaw Road, beware of mining truck traffic. Use extreme caution when driving on Harshaw Road. Hikers and mountain bikers should travel as far off the roadway as possible, and equestrians should consider avoiding this area entirely.
- WARNING FOR EQUESTRIANS: new cattleguards have been installed on Harshaw Road without wire gate bypasses, making the paved road between Harshaw Road Trailhead and the town of Patagonia impassible for equestrians.
- Trail is designed for hiking, mountain bikes, and horseback use.
- Cattle grazing occurs along this entire passage. Please close all gates unless they are intentionally wired open.
- Mines are located near some of the trail routes and are marked. Please stay on the trail.
- All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
- Do not use Red Rock Canyon Road for access.
- Map of Passage 3
- USGS Topographic Maps: O’Donnell Canyon, Mount Hughes and Patagonia
- Coronado National Forest map.
- BLM Information Center maps.
- AZT Patagonia trailhead map
For more information
- The Passage Steward
- Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, 5990 S. Highway 92, Hereford, AZ 85615 (520) 378-0311.
- BLM Information Center (602) 417-9300.