Ventana Canyon Trail #98, AZ

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Distance One Way 5.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 3,000 feet
Elevation Gain 3,173 feet
Accumulated Gain 3,452 feet
Avg Time One Way 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 16.75
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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12  2022-05-28
The Window via Ventana
14  2018-12-08
Window Rock and Window Peak
10  2016-09-03
Mount Kimball via Finger Rock
13  2014-11-17
Ventana Trail to Window Rock
10  2014-08-16 Timknorr
3  2014-05-24 mdfabbrini
33  2014-02-22 Timknorr
22  2014-02-09
Finger Rock to Ventana
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Seasons   Late Autumn to Spring
Sun  5:34am - 7:25pm
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🔥 2020 Bighorn Fire119.5k
🔥 2003 Aspen Fire87.7 mi*
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Ventana Canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons in the Santa Catalina Front Range, and one of the least visited. The main reason for that, most likely, is because getting to the trailhead requires deciphering a set of access instructions that would challenge Sherlock Holmes (see below)! Another reason may be the fact that this Front Range trail includes several sections of steep and rocky switchbacks.

Ventana means window in Spanish. The window in this case is a 15 by 25 foot opening in solid rock that tops one of the peaks in the Santa Catalina Front Range. The route up Ventana Canyon leads to "The Window", presenting memorable views of sheer canyon walls and a steadily broadening panorama along the way. The stream that the trail follows for much of this route is dry most of the year, but you can usually find water in some of its pools during the spring and early summer. The riparian habitat it nourishes provides good birdwatching.

The trail becomes steadily more difficult to follow as it climbs farther from the trailhead and higher up the canyon. As you climb, occasional pools and widening vistas provide reasons to stop, take a breather, and look around. The Window comes into view well before you get to it, as does the 100-foot drop at its base.

Attractions: Desert canyon, waterfalls (in season, access to The Window, and magnificent views!

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

This is a more difficult hike. It would be unwise to attempt this without prior experience hiking.

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To Ventana Trailhead
1) From I-10 head east on W Ina Rd for 6.9 mi
2) Continue onto E Skyline Dr for 1.9 mi
3) Continue onto E Sunrise Dr for 3.2 mi
4) Turn left onto N Craycroft Rd and follow 2.5 mi
5) Turn left onto N Resort Dr and follow 0.1 mi
6) Ventana Trailhead Parking is on your left. It is a large slender lot. Trail takes off from the end.

If you continue to far on N Resort Dr you will quickly enter the resort on Flying V Rd, turn around.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 117 mi, 1 hour 57 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 15.4 mi, 29 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 260 mi, 4 hours 6 mins
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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