The U.S. Dept. of the Interior named Wild Burro Trail in southern Arizona one of 21 new National Recreation Trails. Ten other states’ trails were also recognized, most of them in Georgia. Two of the newly listed are water trails. Wild Burro marks the 36th National Recreation Trail in Arizona.
Accessible from the town of Marana’s Dove Mountain area in the Tortolita Mountains trail system, about an hour’s drive south of Phoenix near Tucson, Wild Burro’s new trailhead, complete with washrooms, is just two years old, and leads you 7.12 miles round-trip. Rocky and rugged, this scenic trail is a great spot for bird watching and to see giant saguaro cacti, jumping cholla and other desert plants and animals, as well as the remains of a few stone shacks used by early Arizona cattlemen
Hiking the trail — best in early morning during our hot summers — would be a great way to connect with nature in an area popular with hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.
If you’d rather stay put in Phoenix, here’s a list of parks where you can also hike for free. Trail maps included.