Tunitcha Mountains Trail

Cove, Arizona

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This roughly graded road takes you through the green Tunitcha Mountains, part of the larger north-south Chuska Mountains. Along the way, the trail passes through the peaceful rural landscape of the Navajo Nation, offers views of Shiprock and Tsaile Butte, and has an optional 3-rated climb to the fire lookout at Roof Butte. Special Attractions: The red rock of the Lukachukai Mountains; Aspen viewing in the fall; Extremely scenic smaller trail. 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.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This roughly graded road takes you through the green Tunitcha Mountains, part of the larger north-south Chuska Mountains. Along the way, the trail passes through the peaceful rural landscape of the Navajo Nation, offers views of Shiprock and Tsaile Butte, and has an optional 3-rated climb to the fire lookout at Roof Butte.

Special Attractions: The red rock of the Lukachukai Mountains; Aspen viewing in the fall; Extremely scenic smaller trail. 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.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Cove
Distance: 18
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 7,400 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Roof Butte, Tsaile Butte, Tsaile, Lower Wheatfields, Canyon de Chelly; BLM Canyon de Chelly
Driving Directions: Directions to Tunitcha Mountains Trail

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