Temporal Gulch Trail

Nogales, Arizona 85628

Temporal Gulch Trail

Temporal Gulch Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This spur trail travels through one of the most scenic and varied canyons in the Santa Rita Mountains. The fantastic views and moderately challenging trail, coupled with excellent backcountry camping and birding opportunities, combine to make this trail a favorite among many. The trail departs the picturesque town of Patagonia, and for the first 6.1 miles is well-graded dirt, as it travels through the open grasslands alongside Gringo Gulch and into Coronado National Forest. Special Attractions: Panoramic views over the Sierra Vista Valley and mountains to the east; Access to hiking trails and national forest campgrounds; Reef town site. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees."

Temporal Gulch Trail Reviews

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This trail is great! The trail guide was spot on. We were able to pick out every landmark in the trail guide. This trail requires a 4X4 to negotiate the terrain. We had two stock 4X4's one midsize and one fullsize. I was driving the full size truck and did scrape the bumpers a few times and the skidplates underneath, but nothing too drastic. The trail only had a couple of muddy spots, but did have a lot of large bolders. Make sure you are capable of backing for long distances because there are not many places to pass once on the trail. Do not try to drive this trail at night. you will fall off of one of the several dropoffs! Over all a great trail. The views were spectacular.

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
1.5 hours
4,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,800 feet
Top Elevation
Coronado National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mt. Hughes, Patagonia, Mt. Wrightson, Fort Huachuca; BLM Fort Huachaca; USFS Coronado National Forest, Nogales & Sierra Vista Ranger Districts
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018