Red Canyon Trail

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Red Canyon Trail is spectacularly scenic and has a difficulty rating of moderate. Beginning from I-10 at the Chiriaco Summit exit near the George S. Patton Memorial Museum, a large part of it runs above the Red Canyon.

At first the trail is actually the paved Pinto Road which then moves to a sandy trail along the Maniobra Valley. It quite easy to drive along this path until you encounter the numerous small washes and the gully nearer to the Red Canyon.

From this section the trail is a vehicle corridor running through the Orocopia Mountains Wilderness. You can enjoy many scenic views within the Red Canyon as you move towards the Salt Creek. Be careful as you drive through as the terrain gets uneven and narrow at places with some dangerous drops and blind crests as well. As you move to the end near Salt Creek Wash the trail gently descends.

While at the starting point of this trail you should take time to view the museum. Check with the authorities for the timings. This trail is also maintained under the Adopt-a-Trail program.

Maps and GPS Coordinates[edit]

Red Canyon Trail Coordinates: 33.634000° -115.734667° Coordinates: 33.634000° -115.734667°