Passage #1 - Huachuca Mountains
Location: Mexico Border to Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead.
Length: 20.8 miles
Southern Terminus: Mexico Border
- GPS Coordinates: 31.33367° N, 110.28276° W
- Access: This passage is unique because you must start at mile 1.8 at
Montezuma Pass and hike south in order to get to the beginning of the passage. To reach
Montezuma Pass from the town of Sonoita, follow AZ 83 south 30 miles to its intersection
with FR 48. Turn left (south) onto FR 48 and continue 5.4 miles to FR 61. Continue east 8.8
miles on a rough dirt road to a large parking area at the summit of the pass.
From Sierra Vista, travel 14 miles south on AZ 92 and turn right (south) on S. Coronado
Memorial Road. Continue 8.3 miles, generally south and west, to the large parking area at
the summit of the pass. Shortly after you pass the Coronado Memorial Visitor Center, the
road turns to dirt and climbs to the pass via switchbacks. This road is narrow and curvy
and is subject to vehicle trailer restrictions (24 ft.). Contact the Coronado National
Memorial for more information.
Northern Trailhead: Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead
- GPS Coordinates: 31.41946° N, 110.44206° W
- Access: From the town of Sonoita, follow AZ 83 south 30 miles to its
intersection with FR 48. Turn left (south) onto FR 48, continue 0.5 miles, and turn right
onto South Lake Drive. Proceed 0.5 miles and follow signs to a dirt parking area near the
Trail Route Description: From Montezuma Pass use the hiker-only
access to the southern start of the AZ Trail by taking the Coronado Peak Trail (500 ft.),
then Joe’s Canyon Trail to the Yaqui Ridge Trail, which descends steeply to the Mexican
border and ends at an international boundary marker. Returning to Montezuma Pass the route
takes the Crest Trail (#103) from the Coronado National Memorial up into the Miller Peak
Wilderness. After this steep and strenuous ascent, the trail keeps going up as it passes
a junction with the Lutz Canyon Trail (#104) and soon reaches the Miller Peak Spur Trail
(#105). After passing the spur, the trail follows a ridgeline over to Tub Spring (some
maps show as Bathtub Spring), then almost immediately goes left and uphill at the signed
Miller Canyon (#106)/Crest Trail junction and left and uphill again at the signed Carr
Peak (#107)/Crest Trail junction. The trail continues past the Oversite Canyon Trail
(#112) junction, past Bear Saddle and Granite Peak, and then goes left at the signed
junction with the Sunnyside Canyon Trail (#117) near Pat Scott Peak. It follows this
trail down into Sunnyside Canyon, passes the Copper Glance Trail junction, and runs
downstream to the wilderness boundary. Here it joins a dirt road (FR 4758) for a short
distance and then turns right at the AZT sign onto the Scotia Canyon Trail (#127). It
crosses FR 4759, then turns south into Scotia Canyon and works its way down to FR 48.
After crossing this road the trail turns west and reaches the Parker Canyon Lake
Trailhead on FR 194 with a parking lot just north along FR 194 overlooking Parker
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult.
Season(s): Spring, Summer and Fall (current weather forecast)
Water: Water should be found at Tub Spring (aka Bathtub Spring)
and Parker Canyon Lake (seasonal store; always lake). Seasonal water may be present in
Sunnyside and Scotia Canyons.
This area can be hot and dry. Bring plenty of water. All water along this passage
should be purified prior to use.
Most of this passage is located within the Miller Peak Wilderness and Coronado
National Memorial. Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including
mountain bikes, are not permitted on the Memorial's trails nor in the Wilderness.
Transportation is available from the Tucson airport to the Coronado National
Memorial Visitor’s Center and Montezuma Pass from a variety of shuttle operators.
Please visit the Shuttles page for more information.
Before using this trail, call for a report on current trail conditions which can
vary with season, weather and maintenance status.
Dogs are not allowed on the southernmost 1.8 miles of the Arizona Trail within
Coronado National Memorial (Coronado Peak, Joe's Canyon and Yaqui Ridge Trails).
Overnight parking is allowed at Montezuma Pass as long as the driver does not
occupy the vehicle overnight (no car camping).
For long-term parking, please contact
Sierra Vista Self
Storage (520-458-4400). They offer secure parking not far from the AZT's
southern terminus for $40/month.
Horses are not allowed on the southernmost 1.8 miles of the Arizona Trail within
Coronado National Memorial (Coronado Peak, Joe's Canyon and Yaqui Ridge Trails),
however a special permit for thru-riders can be arranged. Please contact Park Staff
to learn more.
USGS Topographic Maps: Montezuma Pass, Miller Peak and Huachuca Peak.
Coronado National Forest Map, Sierra Vista Ranger District.
BLM Information Center maps.
"Trails of the Huachucas" by Leonard Taylor.
For more information, contact:
Current Trail Information: