Lace Up Your Boots

People can enjoy this uncommonly diverse corner of Arizona with their feet, on horseback, or in the saddle of a bike. A wide variety of trails offer every kind of outdoor adventure, from challenging climbs in the Huachuca Mountains reaching 9,000 foot peaks to meandering strolls under a dense canopy of cottonwoods along the San Pedro River, there’s something for everyone. Best of all, no matter where you go or how you get there, you’ll share the trail with a wider variety of animals and plants than you’ll find almost anywhere in the country.

Path & Trails

Miller Canyon

A popular public bird feeding station is at Beatty’s Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon, where a U.S. record for hummingbird species sited in one day was set (14 species). You’ll also find trailheads for Miller Canyon, Perimeter, and Clark Springs/John Cooper trails for challenging hiking and mountain biking.

Hwy 92 East, 9 miles south to Miller Canyon Road; turn right(west) onto Miller Canyon Road. Find Beatty’s Miller Canyon Guest Ranch 3 miles on Miller Canyon Road. 520-378-2728.

Ash Canyon

A terrific place to hike, explore flora, and spot birds and wildlife, Ash Canyon is easily accessible by car. You can explore the Huachuca Mountains along Lutz Trail from the trailhead at Ash Canyon.

Ash Canyon offers three separate habitats: Chihuahuan Desert grassland, riparian woodland, and oak forest. It is also home to one of the most rarely seen hummingbirds, the Plain capped Star Throat. Ash Canyon is a great place to spot the Scott’s Oriole and the Lucifer Hummingbird. Hwy 92 East, 12 miles south; right (west) onto Turkey Track Road; right (north) onto Spring Road. Find Ash Canyon B&B at the end of the road on the right. 520-378-0773.

Carr Canyon

Another favorite, Carr Canyon provides a twisty ride to Carr Peak and Reef Townsite trailheads. If you’re looking for a picnic spot, campground, or easy stroll, head to Reef Townsite Campground about midway up Carr Canyon Road. The cool canyon is a terrific place to spot birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Hwy 92 East, 7 miles south to Carr Canyon Road; turn right (west) onto Carr Canyon Road.