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.
Bull Pasture Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Scott S. Warren, 100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"A day hike to Bull Pasture overlook, 4.1 miles round trip, or wilderness route to Mount Ajo, 5 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. Hikers who choose this route should be absolutely confident in their route-finding abilities. Overnight camping is not allowed anywhere in the Estes Canyon drainage, which encompasses both routes. The Ajo Range rears impressive walls of rhyolite and tuff beyond this elevated grassland."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books).
"A hike in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Wilderness Area. The maintained trail leaves the picnic area and climbs about 1.75 miles and a thousand feet to a ridge overlooking Bull Pasture, a scenic basin high on the flanks of the Ajo Range. As the name suggests, Bull Basin was a favorite cattle pasture prior to achieving national monument status.The maintained trail leaves the picnic area and climbs about 1.75 miles and a thousand feet to a ridge overlooking Bull Pasture, a scenic basin high on the flanks of the Ajo Range. As the name suggests, Bull Basin was a favorite cattle pasture prior to achieving national monument status. (For a variation, on your return trip, take the trail that leads down into Estes Canyon."
--Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Arizona (Falcon Guides).
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