Canelo Hills Trail

Sierra Vista, Arizona

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This short winding trail passes through the northern edge of the Canelo Hills (Spanish for “cinnamon-colored”) in the Coronado National Forest south of Sonoita. Private property has altered the route of the trail from that shown on the various maps of the region. The trail detailed here is longer and harder to navigate than the straight trail depicted on the forest map. Special Attractions: Easy trail running over grasslands; Panoramic views of the Huachuca Mountains and down into Mexico; Alternative access to Parker Canyon Lake. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This short winding trail passes through the northern edge of the Canelo Hills (Spanish for “cinnamon-colored”) in the Coronado National Forest south of Sonoita. Private property has altered the route of the trail from that shown on the various maps of the region. The trail detailed here is longer and harder to navigate than the straight trail depicted on the forest map.

Special Attractions: Easy trail running over grasslands; Panoramic views of the Huachuca Mountains and down into Mexico; Alternative access to Parker Canyon Lake. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Sierra Vista
Distance: 14.7
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to June
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Sonoita, Mt. Hughes, O’Donnell Canyon, Fort Huachuca; BLM Fort Huachaca; USFS Coronado National Forest, Nogales & Sierra Vista Ranger Districts
Driving Directions: Directions to Canelo Hills Trail

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May 2018