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.

on Margie's Cove Drive

hiking
3 days ago

backpacking
6 months ago

Did a short 2 nighter. Started at the staging area off of Hwy238. Hiked 1.2 miles north to a small camping site for the evening. Started the hike northbound to the a Butterfield Stage Trail for an out and back. Was out for about 8 hours before returning to the camp to discover our food and water supplies had been raided. Settled for the overnighter, packed up the remaining gear and headed back to the staging area. Filed that under "Been there, Done that".

Please read! This is NOT a mountain bike trail. Beyond the trailhead is designated BLM wilderness which allows for travel on foot or on horseback only. The trail is incredibly flat as it used to be an old jeep trail. No water, but there is an outhouse.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

great hike to enjoy nature

off road driving
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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

off road driving
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Closed to OHV's, gated and posted.

Monday, March 21, 2016

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

Sunday, February 21, 2016

great

Saturday, February 20, 2016

hiking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

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.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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
Monday, December 05, 2011

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