The Base of Malpais Mesa

Total Miles


765.65 ft



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Best Time

Winter, Fall, Spring

Trail Overview

This trail is generally easy and takes one from the highway to the base of the Mesa. The end of the trail is a flat spot where one or two vehicles could camp then continue to explore on foot. There is an abundance of desert plants in the area from dense Joshua tree growths. To a massive variety of cacti many of them hiding in the shadows of larger bushy plants. There were plenty of Saguaro, and different Barrel cactus too. Wild burros and cattle roam the area. This is restricted land so be sure to get your Arizona Land Trust permit before entering. This specific section also has a sign-in box at the entrance so be sure to sign in and out. The trail is mostly easy and narrow with sharp plants that may cause paint damage. Some sections are narrow and washed out and may be difficult to pass with a full-size vehicle. Otherwise, there are short hill climbs and slight off-camber sections. Some dispersed camping spots along the way. 1 bar LTE in and out.


Mostly easy with some narrow sections and off-camber sections, small sections of sand as well.

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