Joe's Canyon is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hereford, AZ that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible from September until June.
Joe's Canyon trail head is located a few hundred feet west of the Coronado National Memorial visitor center on the South side of Forest Road 61. The trail takes you into and up Joe's Canyon on a mostly Southwest course. Roughly 1000 feet of climb on the first mile aided by a series of switchbacks until you come on top to Smuggler's Ridge. The trail continues on for the remainder until ending at a North-South junction for the Arizona Trail. To the South is the Yaqui Ridge Trail and the Southern terminus of the Arizona Trail at the Mexican-United States Border. To the North the Arizona Trail proceeds to Montezuma Pass and eventually the boundaries of the Coronado National Memorial. Alternatively Joe's Canyon Trail can be started from Montezuma Pass area by hiking down to the Yaqui Ridge/Joe's Canyon Junction. For additional miles, challenge, experience and views of changing terrain all take Joe's Canyon from the visitor center trail head. Then out and back along the Yaqui Ridge trail to see border monument 106 and the international boundary. Returning to the Yaqui junction to Montezuma Pass and Coronado Peak to catch your breath and soak in amazing views of the Huachuca Mountains to the North and Mexico to the South.