All of the trails arise from 3 trailhead locations: Apache Wash on Sonoran Desert Drive, Desert Vista to its southwest, and Desert Hills which lies in a separate part of the desert to the northwest. The multiple trails coming from the trailheads, as well as others that connect with them, create a trail system that seems almost infinite in its ability to customize your adventure through this unspoiled Sonoran Desert with your fur-baby.
The East and West Skip Rimsza Paseo trails are paved with smooth concrete, pawrfect for families with children or elders, or the occasional bicyclist who isn't into rough riding. Both feature gradual inclines and good views of the area, and together cover about 5 miles. For those who are pumped for more adventure, the Dixie Mountain Trail is rated very difficult, climbing 700 feet to the summit of the mountain. Though short, its steep elevation change is strenuous for everyone, including the pooch.
A unique trail experience is the Badger Brawl, which crosses several dry river beds offering plenty of green and shade to one side, where seguaros, ironwood trees and colorful desert wildflowers grace the way. The Apache Vista Trail winds skyward on the north side of Apache Hill to the summit 150 feet above, which astounds with furtacular 360-degree views. A truly spectacular trail is the Hawk's Nest, accessible from the Desert Vista trailhead. It's only .5 mile, but climbs 270 feet to offer intrepid explorers pawrrific views, while connecting with the arduous Dixie Mountain Trail.
There's no potable water to be found on the Preserve, so be sure to carry enough for both yourself and Fido. Bring any other needed essentials, such as clean-up bags, and snacks!
With so many trails containing their own unique features, you can choose among them to tailor your hiking experience with your furry bestie. There is no end of variety in the Sonoran Desert Preserve!