Davis Spring

Tucson, Arizona

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A wilderness route from Palisade Ranger Station to Davis Spring. There is a fine vista spot along the way, and from here one can look out across the broad desert basin of the San Pedro Valley at the rugged Galiuro Mountains. The path then runs out onto a lofty spur ridge. An enormous block of bedrock crowns its top, and another scenic overlook waits at its eastern end. The trail follows dry streamcourses to reach an overhanging boulder covered with Apache petroglyphs. Several tortoises adorn the surface of the stone, along with intricate birds and a dog-shaped figure. Just a short distance beyond this rock, Pictograph Spring offers a steady supply of clear water in the bottom of the gulch.

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"A wilderness route from Palisade Ranger Station to Davis Spring. There is a fine vista spot along the way, and from here one can look out across the broad desert basin of the San Pedro Valley at the rugged Galiuro Mountains. The path then runs out onto a lofty spur ridge. An enormous block of bedrock crowns its top, and another scenic overlook waits at its eastern end.

The trail follows dry streamcourses to reach an overhanging boulder covered with Apache petroglyphs. Several tortoises adorn the surface of the stone, along with intricate birds and a dog-shaped figure. Just a short distance beyond this rock, Pictograph Spring offers a steady supply of clear water in the bottom of the gulch."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 9.4
Elevation Gain: 4,735 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best March to May, September to November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 8,275 feet
Local Contacts: Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's Map
Driving Directions: Directions to Davis Spring

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May 2018