Safford Ranger District
711 14th Avenue, Suite D
Safford, AZ 85546
More about Galiuro Wilderness, Coronado National Forest
The 76,317-acre Galiuro Wilderness encompasses the mid to upper slopes of the mountains as they rise from golden grasslands, through dense thickets of evergreen oak, to stands of ponderosa pine. Douglas-fir and bigtooth maple inhabit cooler sheltered areas and a stand of aspen cloaks the northern slope of 7,671-foot Bassett Peak, the highest in the range.
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Hiking and Walking Trails
Galiuro Wilderness, Coronado National Forest has the following hiking and walking trails available to the public. Click the trail to learn more about it, it's length, difficulty rating and how to access it.
Corral Canyon Trail #291
East Divide Trail #287
High Creek Trail #290
Holdout Spring Trail #285A
Powers Garden Trail #96
Rattlesnake Trail #285
Sycamore Trail #378
Tortilla Trail #254
West Divide Trail #289
Corral Canyon Trail #291
Corral Canyon Trail branches off the East Divide Trail #287 at a high saddle on the shoulder of 7,549 foot Kennedy Peak. From that high perspective it offers good views to the east – of the abrupt fault block cliffs that form the eastern face of the Galiuros, of the Pinaleño Range and of the Santa Teresas. To the west, it provides good views of the interior canyons of the Galiuros. From such a scenic send-off, the trail switchbacks down into Corral Canyon for the rest of its journey to Rattlesnake Canyon. This steep-sided canyon gets its name from an old cow trap located at Corral Spring, which cowboys once used to round up the half-wild range cattle that grazed the area. Corral Canyon cuts through rugged country where the rocks have weathered into colorful, sculpted buttes, needles and pinnacles. Vegetation in this remote canyon varies from Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine at the head of the canyon, to oak and sycamore nearer to Rattlesnake Canyon.
Corral Canyon Trail ends at its junction with Powers Garden Trail #96 in Rattlesnake Canyon. It thus serves as a main connector route between the eastern portion of the Galiuros and the mountain range’s interior and west side as well. Trail #291 can serve as one leg of a number of loop trips, just one of which combines it with the East Divide #287, Powers Garden #96 and Tortilla #254 trails.
Length: 4.2 miles
Rating: Most difficult
Access: From Safford drive south 17 miles on US 191 to AZ 266. Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 266 and drive 19 miles to Bonita. From Bonita continue north on the Aravaipa Road about 19 miles to the Deer Creek Ranch Road (FR 253). Turn left here and drive 8.4 miles to the trailhead for the Tortilla Trail #254 and the East Divide Trail #287. The East Divide Trail #287 leads 5 miles to the Corral Canyon Trail #291. The Corral Canyon Trail is also accessible via the Powers Garden Trail #96.
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