Passage #3 - Canelo Hills West
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.
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.
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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