Arizona Trail: Passage 2 - Canelo Hills East

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Arizona Trail: Passage 2 - Canelo Hills East is a 18.2 mile point-to-point trail located near Hereford, Arizona and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

18.2 miles
3,471 feet
Point to Point

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

This is Passage 2 of the roughly 800 mile Arizona Trail (AZT). All passages of the AZT are point to point, meaning you will probably need to make transportation arrangements for insertion and or extraction. GPS is highly recommended. Naturally occurring water is the exception not the norm. Some passages can be done in a day, most require overnight backpacking planning. AZT Passage 2 - Canelo Hills East is a great passage of the AZT. Starting just over a mile from Parker Canyon Lake, this passage takes you up and down the rugged cinnamon colored hills of this part of Arizona. Clear water flows through Parker Canyon Creek most of the year but be prepared to pack all your water needs from the start of the trail. Illegal immigration is a concern too, there are a few "wildcat" trails that can be misleading, always recheck map/compass/GPS. This passage terminates where it crosses FR 799 - the Trailhead of AZT Passage 3.