Wild Burro Trail

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Wild Burro Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marana, AZ 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.

7.5 miles 1591 feet Loop

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips


horseback riding


wild flowers

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.

5 months ago

7 months ago

It was pretty sandy ... No shade , but def want to do it again .

8 months ago

Excellent hike.

9 months ago

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.

1 year ago

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.

3 years ago

The Wild Burro Trail System has over 25 miles of trails. The Wild Burro Trail is the core trail that basically runs through the Canyon directly in or adjacent to the drainage. The key components of the Wild Burro Trail System are the miles of Trails that leave the Wild Burro Trail near the Trail Head and switchback up to both rims of the Canyon. They continue along the ridges and below the Peaks on both sides of the Canyon before rejoining the Wild Burr Trail at Alamo Spring. This makes seven + great Loop hikes using practically all the Trails in the Wild Burro Trail System. I will try and upload a Map of the Wild Burro Trail System. Click on the following link to the Dove Mountain Hiker Website for considerably more information on the Wild Burro Canyon Trail System:

mountain biking
3 years ago

Lots of fun. Plenty of good hills. There are a couple spots where it's pretty tight surrounded by cacti. Lots of soft sand but for the most part you can get a good fun ride in.

mountain biking
3 years ago

Beautiful, too many jumping cacti, at times sand is difficult to ride in

4 years ago

I really enjoyed this hike. It was a little unclear when this hike ended. The path continued to a barb wire gate that we entered. We continued our hike another mile or so and decided to turn back. Nevertheless, it was beautiful. Reminded me of Sabino in that the beginning has beautiful canyon walls you hike thru. Have to check it out!!