Wild Burro Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marana, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Little known hike that is the gateway into the Tortolita Mountains. The path is graded dirt for the first half, weaving in and out of the nearby wash. The trail gets slightly more rugged as you near an old, ruined stone house that was once lived in by cattle ranchers. After the house, you begin a steep climb. This is the only strenuous climbing on the entire trial. Once you reach the top, you descend into a sandy basin. There is a canyon overlook that allows you to see your progress up the mountain. There is a nice shaded area with a huge cottonwood tree in the middle of it, and nearby is a "Lunch Overlook." Continuing on the trail, past the tree, you will follow a well-marked, winding red dirt path, leading you to a gate, which separates the terminus of the Wild Burro Trail and the beginning of the Wild Mustang Trail.
Took about 2 1/2 hours to hike up Alamo Springs Trail to the dam/line house and back via Wild Burro Trail. The Trail was well maintained. Had breakfast at the Ritz afterwards.
Really good trail, there are lots of options so you can make it as hard/long as you feel like. Great views of the hills near the ritz Carlton and some evenings they have flute music playing at the hotel which echoes around the trail. The trail mixes with the lower/upper javelina trails quite a bit so read the signs carefully to stick to this trail. Bring lots of water- there is nothing en route.
There were very few people when I was on the trail- just a couple and their dog (the trail seemed very dog friendly!)
It was pretty sandy ... No shade , but def want to do it again .
Previous entry pretty much covers it.
I hiked this trail on Thanksgiving Day (2015). Thought it would take longer! It is about 3.5 miles one way from the dirt parking lot and about 2.75 miles one way from the hotel. Besides one area that climbs pretty steep, it is a very well marked, fairly easy trail, as you often hike on a sand trail, either loose or packed, right in the canyon. Watch out for the javelinas looking for food around hotel grounds. They will charge if you get too close to their young...and they have fangs!
You will hike from 2,800 to about 3,600 ft. When you get to the end of the trail, you can turn around or continue on to Wild Mustang (easy trail) and back to the hotel on Hotel Spur. If you take that route you will do the whole loop in about 3 1/2 hours, including stops for pictures and rest.
Easy except for a brief part less than a mile where you have to climb boulders on the trail. Trail is very well marked. No way to get lost.
This is one is beautiful! Great variety of trees, grasses, shrubs, and flowers. A plant nerds dream! It's also physically challenging. The terrain changes every 2 miles or so.
The trail is well marked.