Wild Burro Trailhead


14810 North Secret Springs Drive
Marana, AZ

 

Join a Free Guided

Second Saturdays

Explore the spectacular Tortolita Mountains on a guided hike with our knowledgeable and safety-conscious guides. Guides will lead participants along well maintained trails while talking about the unique features and creatures of the Sonoran Desert. The Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department offers this series of monthly hikes as way for participants to learn, burn calories, and meet other hikers in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Each monthly hike varies in distance and elevation gain. Refer to monthly description for hike specifics.

Hike start times vary between 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. at either the  Wild Burro Trailhead  or Tortolita Preserve. Please read monthly hike description during registration for more details. 

Register here or call 520-382-1950 for more information and to sign up by phone. Hikes are subject to cancellation due to weather


About the Tortolita Trails

Cochie, Wild Burro and Ruelas Canyons cut through the southwest end of the Tortolita Mountains, an unassuming but rugged range just a half-hour drive north of Tucson, Arizona. A trailhead at Dove Mountain, in the Town of Marana, leads northeast into Wild Burro Canyon, where it connects to trails that trace the crest above Cochie Canyon to the northwest or delve into neighboring terrain to the north and east.

These 29 miles of trails, which cross easements on a patchwork of private, town, county and state land, were constructed starting in 2004 in a cooperative venture by the Town of Marana, Pima County and the Arizona State Land Department. Expansion of the trail system continues today. The northern and eastern ends of this trail system enter Pima County’s 3,100-acre Tortolita Mountain Park. To the south, Marana’s 2,400-acre Tortolita Preserve harbors another nine miles of trails. The Dove Mountain Community Trail borders Dove Mountain Boulevard and adds another seven miles. Together, these trails and the ground they cross constitute a spectacular natural space open to southern Arizona residents and visitors. Here, trails suitable for hiking, biking and equestrian activities offer magnificent vistas, geological curiosities and the distinct life forms of the Sonoran Desert to all who wish to explore this unforgettable landscape.

Hike Levels

  • A = 10 mi or more with elevation gain >2,000'
  • B = 6-10 mi with elevation gain of 1,000' to 2,000'
  • C = 3-5 mi with elevation gain <1,000'
  • D = <3 mi with elevation gain <500'

Loop Hike Around Rims of Wild Burro Canyon

Level A

  • Wild Burro Trail to Upper Javelina Trail - 1.5 mi
  • Upper Javelina Trail to the Wild Mustang Trail - 0.9 mi
  • Wild Mustang Trail to the Wild Burro Trail - 4.0 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail to Alamo Spring Trail - 0.4 mi
  • Alamo Spring Trail back to Wild Burro Trail - 3.7 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail to Trailhead - 1.5 mi
  • Total miles = 12.0 with 1,330 foot elevation gain

Loop Hike on the Lower Javelina Trail

Level C

  • Wild Burro Trail to Alamo Spring Trail - 1.5 mi
  • Alamo Spring Trail to East Lower Javelina Trail - 0.3 mi
  • East Lower Javelina Trail until it drops back down & crosses Wild Burro Wash - 0.9 mi
  • West Lower Javelina Trail to the Wild Burro Trail - 0.7 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail to Trailhead - 1.7 mi
  • Total miles = 5.1 with 370 foot elevation gain

Wild Burro Canyon Trail to Alamo Spring

Level B-

  • Wild Burro Trailto Wild Burro Canyon Trail - 1.5 mi
  • Wild Burro Canyon Trail that runs adjacent to the west side of the wash - 0.8 mi
  • Wild Burro Canyon Trail that runs through the wash to the old stone line shack - 0.5 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail up to Alamo Spring - 1.0 mi
  • Return the same way
  • Total miles = 7.2 with 795 foot elevation gain

Loop Hike Along East Rim of Canyon to Alamo Spring

Level B

  • Wild Burro Trail to Alamo Spring Trail - 1.5 mi
  • Alamo Spring Trail past Lower Javelina & Alamo Spring Spur Trails to Alamo Spring - 2.9 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail from Alamo Spring down to the old stone line shack - 1.0 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail that runs through wash to Wild Burro Trail that runs on west side of wash - 0.5 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail back to Trailhead - 2.4 mi
  • Total miles = 8.2 with 1,145 foot elevation gain

Loop Hike Along West Rim of Canyon to Alamo Spring

Level A- or B

  • Wild Burro Trail to Upper Javelina Trail - 1.5 mi
  • Upper Javelina Trail to the Wild Mustang Trail - 0.9 mi
  • Wild Mustang Trail north past the Cochie Spring Trail to the Wild Burro Trail - 4.0 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail to Alamo Spring - 0.4 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail from Alamo Spring down to the old stone line shack - 1.0 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail that runs through wash to Wild Burro Trail that runs on west side of the wash - 0.5 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail back to the Trailhead - 2.4 mi
  • Total miles = 10.4 with 1,330 foot elevation gain

Cochie Spring Trail

Level A

  • Wild Burro Trail to the Upper Javelina Trail - 1.5 mi
  • Upper Javelina Trail to the Wild Mustang Trail - 0.9 mi
  • Wild Mustang Trail to the Wild Burro Trail to the Cochie Spring Trail Junction - 0.4 mi
  • Cochie Spring Trail to the Remains of Dam just past the Windmill - 3.2 mi
  • Return the same way
  • Total miles = 12.0 with 645 foot elevation gain

Loop Hike on the Upper Javelina Trail

Level C

  • Hike on Dove Mountain Blvd. from the Wild Burro Trailhead to round about then north to the Upper Javelina Trail - 0.6 mi
  • Upper Javelina Trail to the Wild Mustang Trail - 2.0 mi
  • Upper Javelina Trail to Wild Burro Trail - 0.9 mi
  • Wild Burro Trail back to the Trailhead - 1.6 mi
  • Total miles = 5.1 with 490 foot elevation gain

Tortolita Perserve Trail
Tortolita Preserve Loop

Level B

  • Hike begins at State Land/Moore Road Trailhead
  • East Boundary Trail along Heritage Highlands & other developments - 2.7 mi
  • North Boundary Trail along The Gallery Golf Course - 3.5 mi
  • West Boundary Trail along State Land Trust - 1.5
  • South Boundary Trail along State Trust Land & the continuation of Moore Road - 1.5 mi
  • Total miles = 9.2 with 475 foot elevation gain

CONTACT US

Marana Parks & Recreation Department

Phone: (520) 382-1950 | Email: marana.parks@maranaAZ.gov