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Desert View Trail, AZ

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Distance Loop 1.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,738 feet
Elevation Gain 164 feet
Accumulated Gain 180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip <1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Author writelots
author avatar Guides 19
Routes 40
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Trips 339 map ( 3,914 miles )
Age 48 Female Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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A safe place to see some cacti.
by writelots

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Overview: From the NPS: Leaving from the Group Campground,this trail leads you on a trip though native vegetation and tells a story of how people use the desert to make a living.

Hike: This short loop leads through the low foothills near the visitor center - the most heavily used part of the park. However, as the trail winds through stands of Organ Pipe, Saguaro, Ocotillo, Barrels, Hedgehog, Prickly Pear, Cholla and Mammilaria, even the most jaded desert visitor can find themselves enchanted by the sheer diversity of life found on these slopes. The interpretive signs are subtle and have some fun facts, mostly focused on the uses of the plants to the native peoples. The grade stays even and steady, making for nearly mindless walking as you explore the finer details of the desert.

Just when you think it's all going to be down in the valley and washes, the trail begins a gradual climb up to a ridge line which offers amazing views to the south and west. Sweeping vistas of Sonoyta Valley and the pink granite of the Cuabi Mountains in nearby Mexico open up, and a couple of benches are placed for capturing a desert sunset. When we visited, the views were crowded with RVers, equipped with cameras, tripods and glasses of red wine. Too bad the sunset was lackluster...

The trail meanders back down to the group campground, a little steeper in this direction, with some steps installed to keep everything smooth and easy. It's a perfect hike for visitors, to those uninitiated with the Sonoran Desert and for seasoned hikers looking for a quick stroll to round out the sunset.

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2010-03-23 writelots
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
    $8 fee per car for a 7 day pass. Backpacking and backcountry camping is not allowed at this time due to an increase in illegal border activity.. Camping is available in the two designated campgrounds only.

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix: Take I-10 west to AZ Highway 85. Follow south through Buckeye, Gila Bend, Ajo and Why. The Monument is 4 miles from Why. The Kris Eggle Visitor Center is 22 miles (35.4 km) south of Why. The trailhead is located in the parking area for the Group Camp site.

    From the Tucson: Take Ajo Road, which turns into Arizona Highway 86 through Sells and Why, then turn south on Arizona Highway 85.
    page created by writelots on Mar 23 2010 5:42 pm
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