Gila River Loop

Total Miles


824.67 ft


4 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Fall

Trail Overview

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.


Moderate: The washes are easy, but the stretch between Waypoints 04 and 07 is narrow in spots with very tight brush. One rocky descent has a big ledge to drop down, but a high clearance SUV with experienced driver should be able to handle it.

Technical Rating


Access Description

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.