Walnut Canyon

Ride through the Sonoran Desert with beautiful red buttes towering overhead.

Total Miles
14.1

Elevation

915.92 ft

Duration

6 Hours

Technical Rating

5

Moderate

Best Time

Spring/Fall

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Trail Overview

Experience the gorgeous Sonoran Desert with red buttes towering over on this fun ride. There are many hiking trails to the north in White Canyon Wilderness, and the Gila River to the south. Battle Axe Road has space for staging, and this area is common for unlicensed vehicles. You will cross State Trust Land for a short bit, so make sure to carry a permit.

Difficulty

Moderate: Winding, rutted road with steep climbs and descents. Much of the trail follows low-lying sandy washes. Toughest part is a long, steep downhill stretch between Waypoints 05 and 06. After a heavy rain, this section can become rutted and washed out.

Technical Rating

5

Access Description

From Phoenix, take Highway 60 east to Superior. On east side of Superior, take Hwy. 177 south 9.5 miles to Battle Axe Road on right.