Bull Pasture Trail

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona

Elevation Gain1,571ft
Trailhead Elevation2,365ft
Elevation Min/Max2362/3268ft
Elevation Start/End2365/2365ft

Bull Pasture Trail

Bull Pasture Trail is a hiking trail in Pima County, Arizona. It is within Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 2,365 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,571 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. This trail connects with the following: Estes Canyon Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Situated along a remote stretch of the Arizona- Mexico border, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument encompasses a vast parcel of pristine desert country. Included among the twenty-eight species of cactus that grow here is the organ pipe cactus. Although common in Mexico, this strangely beautiful succulent is rare in the United States. The hike to Bull Pasture passes some fine specimens as it climbs into the monument’s primary mountain range, the Ajos. Be sure to get a monument entrance permit from the visitor center." Read more
Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day hike to Bull Pasture overlook, 4.1 miles round-trip; with an optional wilderness route to Mount Ajo, 5.0 miles one way. The trail to the Bull Pasture overlook is a fine day loop that features the rugged western wall of the Ajo Mountains. A well-defined and heavily traveled track, it is the closest thing to an established trail found in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The route to the summit of Mount Ajo is also a defined path but is very tricky to follow. It crosses steep and potentially unstable slopes and presents several false paths that could lead a hiker into trouble." Read more
Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This loop climbs into Bull Pasture, a desert basin perched on the west side of the rugged Ajo Mountains in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Hike counterclockwise to avoid the steep ascent from Estes Canyon." Read more

Bull Pasture Trail Reviews

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This trail provides an excellent example of what Organ Pipe Cactus NM has to offer. The climb can be fairly strenuous in some sections but the views are spectacular looking down at the Monument below and Mexico in the distance. Bull Pasture is situated in the middle of the hike and provides an excellent rest/lunch stop. Be sure to leave early if you plan to hike the whole trail as the trip back can be slow due to its rockiness.

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Trail Information

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Nearby City
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Trails Illustrated Organ Pipe Cactus
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Dec 2018