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This trail is moderate rated at best. Start around 4 PM to stay in the shade on the way down to the canyon floor. After that it's some dirt and sand till you reach the ruins. There's restrooms at the bottom. The ruins are blocked off by a fence so you can't get close, bring a telephoto lens and stand on something to get the fence out of the pictures. Honestly, it's not worth going down into the canyon. Seek out far older and better ruins in AZ where you're allowed to enter and explore, there's plenty. The view from below is rather dull, you'll get the best views from the top and midway on the trail down.

A must see. Awesome memorial for fallen heroes.

The Purina plant and water treatment plant at the beginning are a little off-putting, as others mentioned. However, once you get in about ¼ of a mile this is a very pleasant and easy trail. My husband and I used this as a “recovery” hike between visiting Joshua Tree and the Grand Canyon, as we stayed in Flagstaff. We appreciated the shade on much of the trail and it is well kept. However, it is very sandy in parts, so I wouldn’t recommend Chacos or other open-toed shoes.

walking
7 days ago

Volunteers were very informative & genuinely loved the history of this spot. We road down in a rental (Ford Fusion) & it was ok, little bumpy but no big deal. We relaxed outside the center & watched the humming birds. Very relaxing!

Hiked in late afternoon/early evening mid May, lots of shade. Due to the time of year, we experienced strong wind gusts of sand. Sunglasses helped.
Mild temps, but still bring plenty of water.
Beautiful ruins, but panhandling at viewpoints was an annoyance.

Amazing benches in just the right places for non hikers.

Absolutely amazing and breathtaking. Being able to read the stories and to see the fatality site and their path to the evacuation point took my breath away. Beautiful hike and I feel so honored to have been able to go while on vacation.

Awesome trail with great views. Humbling! Be sure and stop and read the 19 granite plaques that tell a story of each of the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.

hike starts immediately with elavation! The memorial on the way tells the story of these heroes. Anyone having relatives come into town should take them on this hike

16 days ago

The cliff dwelling make it worth dealing with crowds. Good quick “walk”, more than a hike. The stairs are the only thing that will get you a little winded.

great for a quick hike to get out, relax, and forget the stress of the city.

hiking
16 days ago

Constellation Trail proved worthy of the early-morning outing. Cacti displayed their blooms all around.

Loved this hike! Beautiful trail with memorials along the way. A little warm so bring plenty of water and get there early. Very few parking spots near the trial, but there is a shuttle. We ate at Arrowhead Grill a the food was delicious. :)

hiking
17 days ago

Nice! Interesting for sure.

hiking
20 days ago

Loved the trail. Beautiful views as well as some wild life. I am a beginner at hiking. While there were some tricky spots for me, I didn’t feel it was beyond my capabilities. The trail markers were easy to follow. It was nice that at junctions,the trail had this is were you are markers on the trail sign. It was nice to check my progress in comparison to the whole trail.

Kind of tricky to find where it starts off. We ended up in a heap of rocks to the right of the real trail at first. When we did find the real trail it was spectacular. Fairly steep, but other than not particularly challenging. The view from the top is brilliant.
We did it with a dog and it was no problem.

We watched the movie while camping the night before. The hike was great. Definitely a moderate or moderate + if you hike the last leg from the observation point to the fatality site. A very inspiring hike. God bless the families if these heroes.

It was a nice sunny day. My wife and I enjoyed the hike. The trail and tribute is great.

Bring plenty of water, and even more in your 4x4. Start early as it's an all day affair, and bring friends!

Mostly a dirt road. This is a scenic historic drive best done in a high clearance vehicle. Four wheel drive is not required. The route crosses desert and grass lands leading to a low mountain pass of oaks, pinyon pine and juniper trees between Tombstone and Sulphur Springs Valley in the Dragoon mountains. An area used by Cochise, leader of the Chiricahua Apache. Parts of the route were also used by the US Cavalry between Fort Bowie and the San Pedro Valley.

Great, enjoyable hike! We would rate the moderate, however, highly recommend hikers be aware of their hiking ability. The hike is very remote and it would be difficult should anything unexpected happen.

The 19-mile drive was gorgeous but took over an hour. The hike was fantastic, gradual incline with a few steep inclines and declines. Make sure to bring more than enough water and snacks!

Overall a fantastic day and well worth for those who want to make the drive!

A hidden gem and not very busy. Very few people on the trail. Did it in two and a half hours with a few stops. Very relaxing and wonderful views.

It was an absolutely beautiful day to take this hike with my husband and our 12 year old daughter. I’m leaning towards saying it’s a bit more than moderate but that’s coming from being a year out of a total knee replacement. The tributes to the fallen hero’s along the trail are beautifully written. At the observation area the view of the fatality site and the memorial wall with the patch’s left by other FDs and PDs from all over the country was very moving . But , we strongly recommend if you have the time make the hike down to the fatality site. It’s so powerful to stand and take in the memorial to those brave men and see the terrain that surrounded them.

walking
1 month ago

A lovely walk with a real remote feel to it. I would second Mark Rutherford - the trail is not tough and ‘moderate’ would be fitting.

The hardest part of the day is squeezing past other trucks on the access road! The ten mile approach is actually fine with 4x4 and a little care in places. The views are to die for too.

Finding the trail down into the canyon is easy and I had little/no route finding difficulties. The trail itself was in good shape and there was little brush to impede progress.

The cliff dwellings are fascinating and a great insight into the lives of those who trod the land before us.

Hard at times, very rocky section next to the mine.

This trail definitely takes some time but it is so wonderfully humbling to follow the final steps of these brave men. My dogs and I enjoyed our lunch on the observation deck, left my husbands station’s patch on the tribute wall, and said a silent prayer at the fatality site. It’s not for the faint of heart, bring plenty of water, and enjoy the beauty of this humbling location. I’ll definitely be back again!

It definitely was more milage than what was posted. We got a little over 9 miles without taking the meadow trail back. It was a tough hike for us since ww haven’t been hiking for a while. Loved the rocks and the pretty meadow sown by the creek!

Beautiful! Watch out for Rattle Snakes sun bathing trail side! It warned us and then slithered away slowly. Enjoy, be safe!

1 month ago

Great ride. first part is easy then leads into Rocky trail. we used quads and got through. The 2 TRX 400's bottomed out through the rockest areas. The other utility quads our buddies used where fine. the 4×4's behind us had to stack rocks to get through. lots of traffic, watch corners for on coming traffic. This ride is a must.

Not so hard , (we did this hike in 2h)considering the elevation is only 600feet and the hike is close to 3 miles round trip. Views was outstanding. We started at 9am and had the canyon only for us. We saw few hikers on the way up. Make sure to take water with you and use restroom before you start hiking. There is restroom on the bottom of the canyon.

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