Gardner Canyon FR 92

Total Miles


1,739.95 ft


0.5 Hours

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Best Time

Summer, Spring, Winter, Fall

Trail Overview

While there are a few rough and bumpy areas with some rather steep descents and some climbing involved, it is unlikely 4WD will be needed. A vehicle with decent clearance should be enough for the main trail. Rain or snow could affect the road, so definitely check the weather conditions before you head out.


Gardner Canyon is a rugged forest road that features creek crossings, gorgeous grasslands, and a little local history. This trail is a scenic canyon drive dotted with mesquite, scrub oak, tall grasses, and cacti. This area is popular for ATVs and has large easy-access camping areas for RVs. Most of the trail is hard-packed dirt road.


The picturesque Gardner Canyon derives its name from the pioneering Gardner family, who constructed the homestead amidst the rugged terrain of the canyon in the 1870s. The sprawling property is now home to the Boulder Crest Retreat, which is a nonprofit organization that focuses on supporting combat veterans and their families and first responders.

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Access Description

From Tucson, head east on I-10 and take the exit for Highway 83 to Sonoita. About 30 miles south, you'll see a sign on the right for Gardner Canyon Road. From Sonoita, go north on State Route 83 for 4 miles to Gardner Canyon Road (Forest Road 92). Turn left (west) onto Gardner Canyon Road and continue 8.7 miles to the Cave Canyon Trailhead. Backroad travel can be hazardous, so be aware of weather and road conditions. Carry plenty of water. Don't travel alone, and let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

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