• Patagonia to Gardner Canyon Road


  • 21.8 miles

Southern Access Point: Patagonia


Follow Highway 82 to the town of Patagonia. The trail travels right through town between Harshaw Road Trailhead and Temporal Gulch Trailhead. Public parking is available just off McKeown Avenue on the south side of the big park in the middle of town.

Northern Access Point: Gardner Canyon Road


From Sonoita, follow AZ 83 north 4 miles and turn left (west) onto Gardner Canyon Road (FR 92). Avoid side roads. You’ll reach the Gardner Trailhead (not to be confused with Gardner Canyon Trail, which is farther west) 5.5 miles from the highway on the right side of the road. There is a large parking area here.

Trail Route Description

From the Post Office in Patagonia the route follows Highway 82 northeast for 1/4 mile and then turns left on Temporal Canyon Road (FR 72). It follows this road up to the Walker Basin Trailhead in Walker Canyon. After passing Upper Walker Tank it crosses a saddle and then descends, working its way east into Casa Blanca Canyon. It goes by Bear Spring, crosses several drainages and then comes to the Tunnel Springs Trailhead. From here it heads east and then follows the old flume north and east up to Gardner Canyon Road.

NOTE: A new segment of Arizona Trail is being built in 2020 to remove the AZT from Harshaw Road and Temporal Canyon Road (Passage 4).

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  • Moderate



Water is intermittent and scarce. Plan to bring your own water. Check the online Arizona Trail Water Report for current information at https://aztrail.org/explore/water-sources/.


  • WARNING: When traveling 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.
  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.
  • Mountain bikes are prohibited in the Mt. Wrightson Wilderness.


  • USGS Topographic Maps: Patagonia, Mount Hughes and Mount Wrightson.
  • Coronado National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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Current Passage Info

Support the Temporal Gulch Reroute Project

Support the Temporal Gulch Reroute Project

Your support is needed to help us reach our fundraising goal this Spring to support construction of the Temporal Gulch Reroute Project. Please DONATE securely online today! Our goal is to raise enough money between March 22 - April 3 to sustain the next phase of trail construction. This project will remove the AZT from 17 miles of paved and dirt roads near the town of Patagonia with 32 miles of sustainable singletrack. This improvement will make the Arizona Trail safer, more scenic, and will be our largest trail construction project in recent history. Whether you hike, run, pedal or ride, we can't wait for you to experience the AZT through the Casa Blanca Canyons with Mt. Wrightson towering in the background! Please donate today and encourage your trail loving friends to do the same. Donors giving $25 or more will receive a limited-edition sticker in the mail as a small token of thanks.
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Trail Construction Near Patagonia Commences

Trail Construction Near Patagonia Commences

Trail construction on the 32-mile Temporal Gulch Reroute Project has begun! A crew of four American Conservation Experience trail professionals and a mini-excavator operator – Rob Bauer of Bauer Built Trails – have been hard at work building singletrack in the Canelo Hills. Watch this 30-second time-lapse video for a snapshot of what they’re up to. Once completed, this project will replace paved and dirt roads with sublime trail. Want to help? Donations are the best way to ensure this project keeps moving forward, and we’ll be doing outreach for volunteer labor later this year.
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Two people bitten by animals in separate incidents in Southern Arizona

Arizona Daily Star (March 6, 2020) by Gloria Knott Two people were bitten by animals in separate incidents in Southern Arizona yesterday, wildlife officials say.  A fox bit a person on the ankle in Sabino Canyon on Thursday, according to Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman Mark Hart. In another incident, a skunk bit a man in the face while he was asleep at a campground near the Arizona Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains. Both incidents happened within an hour of each other, Hart said. In both incidents, the bite victims killed the animals after feeling that the animals' behaviors were abnormal. The animals are being tested for rabies. Both bite victims are getting treated for possible rabies.  Anyone needing Game and Fish assistance should call 623-236-7201. 
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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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