Gila River Loop

Get to a sandy beach on this loop that takes you to the Gila River.

Total Miles


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4 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
Spring/ Fall

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Trail Overview
Gila River Loop
You'll like this fun little loop that's especially nice when the river is flowing. The bulk of the trail is comprised of sandy washes, but there's a portion that's rocky and challenging along the river around South Butte. Cool things to see include an old stone cabin in ruins and a railroad trestle. If you're camping, there is a boulder-encircled site, as well as a large staging area at the trailhead. You'll need a State Trust Land permit for this one.
Getting There
From Florence, head south on Highway 79 about a mile and turn east (left) on Florence-Kelvin Highway. Pavement ends after 12.5 miles. Continue another 3.6 miles to Cochran Road on left.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM, Gila District, Tucson Field Office
(520) 258-7200