The Sonoran Desert National Monument contains more than 487,000 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse of the North American deserts, and the monument exemplifies this desert setting. The most striking aspect of the plant community within the monument is the extensive saguaro cactus forest. The monument contains three distinct mountain ranges, the Maricopa, Sand Tank and Table Top Mountains, as well as the Booth and White Hills, all separated by wide valleys. The monument is also home to three congressionally designated wilderness areas, many significant archaeological and historic sites, and remnants of several important historic trails.

off road driving
1 month ago

Sadly still closed, but rumours abound that work may take place to open it again.

off road driving
1 month ago

Closed to OHV's, gated and posted.

Good day hike no water bring plenty you will need it it's a good workout cause a long part of this hike is in sand but it's almost always that you will be alone on the trail we love this one


8 months ago

Excellent experience. Nice flat hike. No cars, no other hiker - absolutely nobody. The only thing I heard were some birds and my foot steps. Great for desert/wilderness photography. Will visit again.

Same route as Butterfield Trail Route. It has been closed since 2008 but I understand that a serious effort is being made to re-open the route soon. I have driven a short section of this route before determining learning that is was closed. This route is mostly flat two track roads, but, it's historical value far exceeds the scenery or 4x4ing. Butterfield Stage Route runs thru terrain where I grew up in Texas. This is one of the few sections with potential public access by 4x4.

I understand that an effort is being made to get it opened soon. By Arizona OHV Assn, off top of my head so don't hold me to that

off road driving
4 years ago

Even though the sign was written in 2008 that says the trail will be closed for 2 to 3 years for Off Road Driving the trails are still closed today. 12/04/2011