Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Datil with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Lovely trail along the Gila River. Definitely a trail we’ll be coming back to.

This trail is rated as hard. Mostly because of the distance. Pack more water than a normal day hike.

We came in from deep upriver on another trail. On day 3 we slept where Little bear and West fork meet. The site was perfect, zero other humans for us at least. On last day we picked up and went in to little bear creek to head back to the parked car. One guy I was with said it was like some Jurassic Park shtuff... it was beautiful in there. I would totally do this again. So glad we didn’t stay on the river, the creek was so darned worth it. We did see our first people the morning out though. After 3 days of nobody but bears and Tarantula Hawks, we saw 8 people on this shirt section alone. So we must have gotten lucky having nobody at the springs or any other part of the adventure. Definitely worth it. Would not rate this any higher than moderate.

This is one of my favorite trails in the gila, box canyon and absolutely beautiful when you hit the forks. My favorite place on earth!

fantastic little hike especially if you don't mind getting a little wet. I'll definitely be back!

Definitely one of the best hikes! Amazing scenery and pretty easy trails. The water has all temperatures and is perfect. We are definitely going back!

A wonderful long day hike with at least three different feels. The first three miles feel like desert hiking in Texas (and represent almost all the climbing of the entire hike), the next section down the slot canyon has its own feel and the final six miles involves wet traversing of the Gila River. We wore our hiking boots straight through the river section. The water was chilly but not unpleasant. Hiking poles were a huge plus for the crossings. Picking up the river crossings and identifying the trail is difficult at times. A good rule of thumb when crossing: once across the river go to the far canyon wall to pick up the trail. The road section at the end of the hike felt longer than a mile on weary legs. A fun and interesting hike.

Beautiful campground, very clean. Woke up early and wanted to stretch my legs before continuing with my motorcycle trip and found this trail. Gorgeous easy hike, waked it at sunrise. Great way to start the day!

My favorite hike in the area. Big reward for the effort

11 months ago

Nice hike very pretty area next to cliff dwelling a lot of flowers at this time of year will return

My favorite hike in the area. The canyon of the Middle Fork is beautiful and impressive, the wading/river crossings are fun. Little Bear Canyon is fun too, the hike out of the canyon is okay. From TJ Corral to the TH of the Middle Fork you can try to follow the river instead of using the road.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Wonderful route, glorious views

backpacking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Trail is easy, 2 water crossings. Needs rebuilding pretty regularly. fully adjustable temperature

One of the most amazing trails ever! Very awesome!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nice hike! Wound up going to Jordan Springs for 2 nights. Plenty of water and scenery. Went in October mid week. Hardly anyone there.

Did this hike Oct 13,15.....very scenic, not a lot of people on the trail, the hike was worth it's weight in platinum. ....camped by Jordan hot springs, paradise on earth, water from river was so good, tasted better than Evian, I wanna do this trip in winter, who's down?

hiking
Monday, September 08, 2014

Pretty walk. The grave Site is a little hard
to find, at a trail junction head toward Hells
Hole, cross the river and look for the
second rock caren, the grave is up about 70 yards to the left.

hiking
Saturday, July 05, 2014

One of the coolest places to hike through to the middle fork of the Gila River. Trailhead starts at the TJ Corral campsite just down the road from the Cliff Dwellings visitor center. I was surprised to see a campsite situated right near the river after hiking through the slot canyon. Amazing views around every corner, even after the washout from flooding. I highly recommend camping there and also hiking north along the fork to the Jordan Hot Springs. The entire area is a natural wonder.

hiking
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Many improvements have been made to the trail and campgrounds. Visitor center now has a self interpretive history of the Magdalena cattle trail and drives. VC also has WiFi and staffed with a campground host. More improvements are in the near future. Campground rates are a good bargain at $5.00 a night.

Great hike traversing multiple types of terrain, high desert to river valley, as many as 10 river crossings we brought extra shoes to change into but after about the 3rd one we just stayed in the boots. It is honestly one of the best hikes I have ever done can't wait until my kid is old enough to enjoy it with me.
As a note we parked the car at the end of the trail so we could be done with walking after the hike.... Just a thought.

hiking
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I've stopped here several times on the way to Arizona from Texas. A nice BLM campground is here.

hiking
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hiking
11 months ago

Friday, June 09, 2017

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