Paths and Trails

Sierra Vista has about 30 miles of paved multi-use paths that reach every major area in the city. These popular paths also connect to dirt trails that lead mountain bikers, hikers, and runners out to scenic locales like Brown Canyon Ranch, which is nestled in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains. The mountains themselves are crisscrossed with meandering trails. Head up any one of several canyons and you’ll encounter life-supporting springs as you cross from one habitat to the next. In a single hike you can go from mesquite trees and yucca to aspen and pine. Positioned at the nexus of several ecologically diverse regions, Sierra Vista offers a greater variety of plants and animals than almost anywhere in the country.

If you’re not in the mood for a mountain trek, head east to the San Pedro River where you can walk under a lush canopy of cottonwood trees and follow one of the most important migratory routes in North America. Each year over 250 species of migratory birds travel along this life-sustaining corridor, making it an internationally renowned birding destination.

Bike Friendly

Mountain Shadows Loop

Distance: 12 miles
Route: Paved, with shoulders and shared use paths
Starts:
United Methodist Church (3225 St. Andrews Drive)

City Loop

Distance: 16 miles
Route: Paved, with shoulders and shared use paths
Starts:
The intersection of Hwy 90 and Industry Drive

Elgin-Sonoita Loop

Distance: 15 miles
Route: Paved, no shoulders on Hwy 83, some narrow turns
Starts: In Elgin

Trails and Paths

Trail (Difficulty: 1 = Easy; 2 = Difficult; 3 = More Difficult; 4 = Most Difficult)

TrailsDistance
(Round Trip)
DifficultyElevationHikingBicyclingEquestrianWildlife ViewingCampingInformation
Hamburg Trail2.835,700-8,075Access via Ramsey Canyon Preserve Permit required • No horses, bicycles, or dogs in Ramsey Canyon Preserve
Brown Canyon Trail4.815,025-7,100Access via Ramsey Canyon Road Connects to Hamburg Trail to make a loop • No bicycles in Miller Peak Wilderness No horses, bicycles, or dogs in Ramsey Canyon Preserve
San Pedro Trail5414,100-4,000Access via San Pedro River at multiple points; hike any or all of the trail • Camping permits and entrance fee required
Lutz Canyon3.825,700-6,500Access via Ash Canyon Road, Lutz Canyon
Miller Canyon1145,800-8,600Access via Miller Canyon Road
Connects to Miller Peak/Crest Trail
Miller Peak/Crest Trail9.846,500-9,466Access via Montezuma Pass; part of the Arizona Trail
Joe's Canyon725,300-6,824Access via Coronado National Memorial Connects to Yaqui Ridge and Coronado Peak trails • No dogs on trails in the National Memorial
Yaqui Ridge3.546,900-5,925Access via Coronado National Memorial
Connects with Joe’s Canyon and Coronado Peak trails • No dogs on trails in the National Memorial
Beginning (or end) of the Arizona Trail
Coronado Peak0.826,575-6.864Access via Montezuma Pass Connects with Yaqui Ridge and Joe’s Canyon trails • No dogs on trails in the National Memorial
Coronado Cave1.545,230-5,700Access via Coronado National Memorial
Permit required; bring a flashlight
Reef Townsite Loop0.7517,200(interpretive trail): Access via Reef Townsite Campground, Carr Canyon
Carr Peak5.5-6.227,535-9,235Access via Carr Canyon, Ramsey Vista or Reef Townsite trailheads Park horse trailers at Ramsey Vista Campground
Upper Ramsey Canyon417,400-6,840 Access via Carr Canyon, Ramsey Vista Trailhead
Perimeter Trail3.715,661-6,495Access via Carr Canyon Road or Miller Canyon Road
Add Clark Spring/John Cooper trails to make an 8.5-mile loop
Bicyclists can bypass Miller Peak Wilderness via John Cooper Bicycle Trail; also a better route for horses
Clark Spring / John Cooper2.435,900-6,110Access via Carr Canyon Road or Miller Canyon Road
Arizona Trail807VariesVariesAccess via Coronado National Memoria
Sierra Vista Shared Use Paths2014,630 +/-Access throughout the City

Trails and Paths

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For up-to-date information on trail conditions, contact:

U.S. Forest Service
Sierra Vista Ranger Station

fs.usda.gov

4070 S. Avenida Saracino,
Hereford AZ 85615 • 520-378-311

National Park Service

nps.gov

520-366-5515

Bureau of Land Management

blm.gov

4070 S. Avenida Saracino,
Hereford AZ 85615 • 520-439-6400

Sierra Vista Visitor Center

visitsierravista.com

3020 E. Tacoma Street,
Sierra Vista AZ 85635 • 520-417-6960