The historic Jackson Cabin is reached by 26 miles of graded dirt road, followed by a 14-mile, rough 4WD trail. The scenery around the beautiful Galiuro Mountains, combined with the lush riparian habitat, abundance of birds and wildlife, and many hiking trails, make the area well worth visiting. The trail crosses Muleshoe Ranch, now owned by the Arizona Nature Conservancy as well as the BLM and the National Forest Service. It commences outside the gate of the Muleshoe Ranch Visitor Center. The visitor center is normally open from 9 to 5 daily and is well worth a visit to learn about the plants, birds, and wildlife of the area. There are also small casitas that can be rented by the night. Contact Muleshoe Ranch for prices and bookings. The Hooker Hot Springs are available for use as well.
Special Attractions: 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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