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Sunglow Nature Trail, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Loop 2.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,333 feet
Elevation Gain 180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 3.8
Interest Seasonal Creek
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11  2011-08-05 azdesertfather
Author azdesertfather
author avatar Guides 12
Routes 59
Photos 1,201
Trips 815 map ( 6,586 miles )
Age 47 Male Gender
Location Tucson, AZ
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Apr
Sun  5:12am - 7:26pm
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A Trail Just for Vacationers
by azdesertfather

If you are looking for a great little vacation with some hiking, mountain biking and birdwatching to boot, then Sunglow is the place to go. (Please note that this trail is on Sunglow Ranch property, so is accessible I am assuming only to patrons.)

Sunglow Ranch is a beautiful, 475-acre resort in southeastern Arizona, nestled right against the base of the Chiricahua Mountains. It is a traditional western guest ranch, but with lots of amenities, including a 45-foot solar heated pool, hot tub, fitness room, bocce and horseshoe courts, a lake for canoeing and more. Horseback riding is also available on site for a charge, but they provide mountain bikes and helmets, fishing equipment, a canoe, binoculars for birdwatching, and more at no charge. A stay at the resort comes with your choice of items at breakfast and dinner off of their menu. These meals are included and prepared by a chef that will make you keep coming back for more, everything is made from scratch (mostly from their garden) and is so good! The owner is a great, laid-back guy who manages the property and at mealtime helps serve and carry on conversation with diners.

OK, but to the hike. The hike is a less than 3-mile hike with minimal elevation gain right at the edge of the forest boundary for the Chiricahua Mountains. The trail passes a couple of lakes on the property that are fed by drainage from Cottonwood Creek, which runs seasonally based on runoff from the Chiricahuas.

On the trail there are a couple of spur to lookout points, and there is an added loop in if you want a great view of the valley below.

A great little trail to go on with the family, with access to several other trails into the Chiricahuas from the ranch.

To find out more about Sunglow Ranch, you can visit them at

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2011-08-05 azdesertfather
    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.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Tucson take I-10 East to US 191, then go south on US192 to the AZ181 junction. Head east on AZ181 until it bends north at Turkey Creek Road, and instead of staying on AZ181 there go straight on what becomes Turkey Creek Road. The road turns to dirt for the last 3-4 miles but it well graded and easily passable with a car (high clearance never necessary).
    page created by azdesertfather on Aug 05 2011 6:22 pm
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