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Parker Canyon Lake is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Huachuca, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 209 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Walking

Running

Lake

Views

Wildlife

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Contact
Getting There

Arizona Office of Tourism, 2702 N. 3rd St., Suite 4015 , Phoenix, AZ, 85004, Phone: 888-520-3434, Fax: 602-240-5432, mfioritt@pni.com

Directions from Tucson: Travel east on Interstate 10 to State Route 83 (exit 281) and turn south 50 miles through Sonoita to Parker Canyon Lake.

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Jim Cummings
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Hiking

Great trail around a peaceful lake. found some great spots to chill.

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Gi Cap
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Hiking

Relaxing walking trails with great views

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John Hart
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HikingClosed

We took the trail from the parking lot near the boat launch area to the east and walked up to the campground. It was closed to campers so we just walked around it to check it out. Afterwards we were told by the camp host that we had to leave since the campground was closed due to covid-19. It was a nice hike on a beautiful day

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Terry J.
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Hiking

Great trail not a lot of rocks on trail A little muddy today but not bad

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Monte Jarvis
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Katie C.
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HikingOver grown

This was definitely a nice trail, but it was NOT well marked. There were portions that were well marked, then others that you wouldn’t see signs for quite a well. There were also a few places where I wasn’t sure which way to go as it looked like the path branches off. The first 1/4 mile is paved, then turns into a dirt path. Other than the lack of markers the trail itself wasn’t too difficult. Although there are a few steep and rocky places to climb, for the most part it seemed pretty flat.

Johnnie Raley
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good, but Short

yesenia chavez
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Easy walk and amazing lake to kayak in.

Jenni East
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Gina Banes
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nice little loop walk around the lake. saw some ducks..

Chris Campbell
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Relatively easy and well marked trail. The opposite Side of the dam had some surprisingly breathtaking views. Definitely would do this again the next time I visit the lake.

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Roberto Hu
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Excelente recorrido, hermosas vistas y esta vez en compañía de mi amiga Melissa. Hicimos el recorrido trotando.

Assia Lau'ren
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Hiking

Beautiful trek around the lake. Next time I’ll bring my swimsuit because there’s lots of private coves and you can rent boats and paddle boards.

jackie cassell
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Hiking

The main goal was to swim in the lake and we got started really late so it was already rather warm, didn't do the whole trail nut what we did do was easy enough.

Rachel Christin
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Great trail, love the park!!

Indy Conley
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Hiking

Good trail. Many nice little alcoves for the dogs and I to enjoy.

Micah Dravland
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Hiking

Nice hike around the lake. Plenty of places to stop, relax, eat some food or what have you. We had 2 dogs and our 6 year old on this one. Trail gets a little narrow at times, but no real issues.

Galen Galen Gloetzel
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Beautiful lake hike!

Pepper Richardson
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Hiking

Beautiful views.

Shane Chambers
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Hiking

Trail is closer to 4.91 miles if you take the lower trail that hugs the lake coast. Walked it with my dog and 20 lb pack in about 1:45 minutes taking a few shortcuts where the lake had receded around the coves. When you get to to parker canyon marina and are facing the lake, if you go left it seems as if the trail is a little easier but it veers away from the lake so there are not as many spots to go fishing. You will arrive at the spillway sooner. If you go to the right, there are many more coves and trail is closer to the lake overall making fishing access easier. Seems the fishing crowd thinned out after about 2 miles when heading to the right.

Raul Mavis
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Hiking

A great trail and easy-moderate hike. Has varying terrain, and wonderful views. We took a dog and had no issues whatsoever. The beginning of the hike from the marina had more visitors, but once we passed the first mile we had the trail to ourselves. We were lucky to have great weather. The only tricky part is getting around the spillway, but its not that bad.

Pablo Xibille
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Great camping and mountain biking!!!

Wayde Patton
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Our favorite camping destination in southern AZ. a multi sport lake; Mtn biking, hiking, yakking, fishing.

Orion Johnson
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Single track circles the entire lake. Its about a five mile loop. Its a really fun run with limited elevation gain. If you are looking for a short hike or a nice run I highly recommend it. If you plan to do this run during the monsoon season be prepared to run through the water at times or go off trail.

Michael Vaught
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Camping

Parker Canyon Lake is a serviceable lake with camp sites and cabins, a diverse ecosystem arising from three springs that flow into the man-made lake and a small store that rents boats and fishing equipment. Beware that there is virtually no cellular service available here or along the western side of the Huachuca Mountains (Coronado National Forest or National Monument). We Camped on the eastern side of the Parker Canyon Lake Friday night and hiked the loop trail on Saturday morning (~5.0 miles according to the Huachuca Mountain area map from the Coronado National Memorial ranger station). It rained through mid-day on Friday and the mosquitos were abundant during sunset, an occurrence that I have heard is common. There was a really nice fire pit and picnic table at the campsite, which was mostly level at site 32. The camp sites are well maintained and wood for a small fire was not too scarce. There is almost no natural canopy in the vicinity of the camp sites and we'll bring better cover from the sun next time. If you walk the trail, you'll find a lot of diversity of biology and environments. It would have been a treasure trove of places to play as a kid. The lake has an abundance of coves and at least three creeks that flow into it from different fingers. The earthen dam separates the lake from a wild life preserve. We walked the trail at a meandering pace in about 2.5 hours and it was easy fun. Afterward, my friends went swimming in the lake while I huddled under one of the few shade trees available at the campsite and read my book. Bring cover from the sun because you'll need it from sunrise until sunset or risk burning.

Weston Ochse
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Nice trail for a picnic. Gets kind of crowded during the summer, but this is a terrific all season hike.

Theo Everheart
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Distance Round Trip 4.5 miles Trailhead Elevation 5,392 feet Elevation Gain 1 feet Accumulated Gain 100 feet Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours. This trail is beautiful. Is a wonderful hike and an awesome mountain bike ride.

Glenn Mulloy
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Sid Bucher
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