Passage #3 - Canelo Hills West

Hikers on trail Location:  Canelo Pass to Patagonia

Length:  16.2 miles

Southern Trailhead:  Canelo Pass
- GPS Coordinates:  31.51291° N, 110.55819° W
- Access: This passage does not feel as isolated as the previous two, but it is rarely used.
From the town of Patagonia, follow Harshaw Road (FR 58) east 14 miles to an intersection where FR 58 makes a 90-degree turn to the right. Avoid this turn and continue straight ahead (east) on FR 799. In 5 miles, cross Canelo Pass and continue about 0.5 miles down the other side to a large parking area on the left (west) side of the road. The trail toward Patagonia departs from the right side of a kiosk; the trail arriving from Passage 2 is on the left side of the kiosk.
From the town of Sonoita, follow AZ 83 south for 18 miles to a turnoff on the right for FR 799. Continue 2.9 miles to a parking area on the right that is marked with Arizona Trail signs.

Northern Access Point:  Patagonia
- GPS Coordinates:  31.54140° N, 110.75175° W
- Access: Follow Highway 82 to the town of Patagonia. The trail travels right through town between Harshaw Road Trailhead and Temporal Gulch Trailhead. Public parking is available just off McKeown Avenue on the south side of the big park in the middle of town.

Trail Route Description:  From the Canelo Pass Trailhead the trail runs generally westward as it climbs over a 5,600' saddle and drops into the upper end of Meadow Valley. It continues west through Redrock Canyon, passing Down Under Tank and the Cott Tank Environmental Exclosure, before arriving at Red Bank Well. Turning north, the trail passes close to Gate Spring, passes Red Rock Road (4-WD), and then continues through hills and oak and manzanita growth before dropping down to the trailhead on Harshaw Road (FR 58). From here the route follows Harshaw Road for about 3 miles and ends at the Post Office in Patagonia.

Difficulty:  Moderate

Season(s):  Fall, Winter and Spring (current weather forecast)

Water:  Water is intermittent and can be scarce, depending on rainfall in the area. Plan to bring your own water, but stock water may be available at Down Under Tank, Cott Tank Exclosure (up the canyon to the south of the trail), and Gate Spring (off the trail to the south about 100 yards). Red Bank Well generally has water, as it is an important cattle watering location, and uses a solar powered pump.

Redrock Tank Notes/Warnings:

  • Trail is designed for hiking, mountain bikes, and horseback use.
  • Cattle grazing occurs along this entire passage. Please leave all gates as you find them (closed or open).
  • Mines are located near some of the trail routes and are marked. Please stay on the trail.
  • All water along this passage should be purified prior to use.


  • USGS Topographic Maps: O'Donnell Canyon, Mount Hughes and Patagonia.
  • Coronado National Forest map.
  • BLM Information Center maps.

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