Metate / Towhee

EASY 10 reviews

Metate / Towhee is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cave Creek, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.3 miles 137 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


horseback riding




wild flowers



over grown

Welcome to Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area. The newest addition to Maricopa Countys Regional Parks System, the conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. The north Valley location contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife.

1 day ago

We did this as an extension after Dragonfly and Tortuga. First time at Spur Cross. Amazing. Very quiet and not crowded. Huge saguaro on this trail. Very easy. We encountered a rattle snake in the bushes as we passed over the creek and it rattled very loudly at us. Was a bit scary at first but it moved away from us. Connected to Spur Cross trail as a finish to a lovely hike.

3 days ago

9 days ago

15 days ago

Great for kids and dogs! Nice little creek too and shaded trails. Connect to spur trail for a loop.

19 days ago

I loved this hike! I actually hiked it twice. The first time I did the loop and came down the Spur Cross Trail. I didn't like the SX trail because it is a rocky road not a trail. So the second time I hiked the Metate Towee trail to Mariposa Hill then backtracked and skipped the SX trail. It was awesome!

1 month ago

2 months ago

Loved this short little hike. Had our little one in a pack so the easy hike was fun on a cold day. The loop can be slightly confusing so get a map. Well maintained, beautiful and green along a river.

2 months ago

Beautiful walk, so green after all the rain

3 months ago

Great easy hike for the whole family. Beautiful open and shaded views.

3 years ago

Solid trail, good for those not having a lot of time to commit to a full on hike or looking for an activity to kill some time. There is a great wealth of wild life and animals to watch and see so this is a good one for kids - it keeps their interest.