Mule Mountains Trail

Bisbee, Arizona

Mule Mountains Trail

Mule Mountains Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This short trail is a perfect accompaniment to a trip to Bisbee, giving a bird’s-eye view over the town as well as over the lightly vegetated Mule Mountains. The trail leaves from the top of the Mule Tunnel, following along the line of the old road to Mule Pass. At the top of the pass there is a marker to the road constructed by prison labor in 1913. From the divide, the road climbs steeply up into the Mule Mountains. The standard is good. There are a few houses up the road, so although it is steep, it is well constructed and roughly graded. As the road climbs, Bisbee appears nestled in Tombstone Canyon. The Escabrosa Ridge is seen off to the west.

Special Attractions: Trail passes close to the site of Camp Rucker army post; Trail down a wide, scenic valley; Access to many backcountry campsites and hiking trails. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

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This trail is indeed right outside of Bisbee. What a great little trail. Steep and rocky near the end, but navigable in a good off road 4wd vehicle. 2wd could make it part way up, but it gets really steep and rocky at the top/end. The views are fantastic!! Yes, there are some houses up there with people living in them. Be respectful of their mountain community, ok? Nice little run before going into Bisbee for the day.

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
30 minutes
5,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,000 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Bisbee, Douglas; BLM Douglas
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