Pipeline Trail

Total Miles


858.41 ft


1.5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Winter, Fall

Trail Overview

Pipeline Trail starts as a rocky two-track that runs near an open pit Copper mine, and off into the distance to the East. Though this road may seem like your typical easy trail, with some points being two or even three vehicles wide, it quickly deteriorates into a rough trail with long, steep, loose uphill climbs and sketchy descents. The downhill sections deserve a second look as erosion has created off-camber ledges on steep rough terrain. With many spur trails and side trips available, there's much to do and see in this ruggedly beautiful country. You'll pass old corrals and through beautiful, wide washes with steep, sudden entries and exits, lined with creosote, palo verde trees, and cacti. Evidence of coyotes, jackrabbits, and various birds of prey is everywhere along this route. Be aware that east of Burro Gap, this area is a high-activity area for border crossings so extreme caution and group travel is encouraged. This trail terminates at the Tohono Indian Reservation at its Eastern Boundary.


Very rocky, rutted, and off-camber trail with erosion, loose rocks, sand, washes, and obstacles up to 3 feet tall, including ledges and short, steep grades.

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