Forty Nine Wash Trail

Total Miles


1,357.76 ft


0.75 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Nestled in Arizona's expanse, a slice of "Big Sky" country unfolds along Cienega Creek. Just 45 miles southeast of Tucson, this landscape boasts wide-open grasslands, panoramic mountain views, and meandering waters that transport you to another realm. Here, cattle still graze amidst a tapestry of predominantly native flora, while an array of fish and wildlife, including nine threatened and endangered species, find sanctuary. This rare perennial stream, flowing steadfastly, nurtures an intact ecosystem that has defied the pressures of a rapidly developing region, preserving its natural essence into the 21st century.

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Forty Nine Wash Trail
Forty Nine Wash Trail
Forty Nine Wash Trail


This trail is mostly a level dirt trail with several moderate ruts and very narrow sections. There are a few rough, off-camber, and bumpy areas where 4WD will likely be needed. Rain or snow could affect the road, so definitely check the weather conditions before you head out. Cell service can be patchy, so download your map prior to your trip. The time to complete and the difficulty listed are subject to many factors, including the vehicle type used and the rider's capabilities.

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Access Description

From Tucson, go east on Interstate 10 for 23 miles to State Route 83. Turn right onto SR 83 and continue 19 miles to Historic Empire Ranch Road (Bureau of Land Management Road 6900). Turn left onto Historic Empire Ranch Road and continue 3 miles to Bureau of Land Management Road 6901 to a "T" junction. There, turn left onto Empire Ranch Road. You will drive northeast for about 4.5 miles until you reach the junction for Forty Nine Wash trail.

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