More about Pinaleño Mountains, Coronado National Forest
The Pinaleno Mountain Range is a "Sky Island" of the Coronado National Forest and the tallest mountain in southern Arizona. The Swift Trail, named for T.T. Swift, the first supervisor of the Coronado National Forest, is the trail that takes you up the Pinalenos. The journey takes you from cactus-studded Sonoran desert at 2,900 feet in the Gila Valley to forests of pine, spruce and fir at 10,000 feet. The extreme elevation and habitat variations result in greater diversity of plants and animals than on most other forests in the nation. More than 576 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians call the Coronado National Forest their home and are not found in any other National Forest. The cool moist characteristics of the mountain have aided in the evolution of 18 different plants and animals found nowhere else in the world.
Come to the Chamber of Commerce to get your "Pinaleno Driving Tour" brochure that will give a mile by mile tour of the mountain. Several points of interest will vie for your attention along this historic route constructed during the Great Depression by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps. At the top, there is the Columbine Visitor Center that was later built to house the firefighters and forest workers, and to provide a center for information about area attractions. Today, there is a bookstore which provides all kinds of books, maps and educational gifts.
In addition to these points of interest, the road provides access to a number of hiking trails and many campgrounds.
Access: Drive south from Safford on US 191. About 8 miles from the center of town turn southwest on AZ 366, the Swift Trail, and continue 35.2 miles to the end of the road.
Mileage/Driving Time: 70.4 miles round trip, allow about 5 hours (more for a few side trips.)
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Hiking and Walking Trails
Pinaleño Mountains, 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.Arcadia Trail # 328 , Ash Creek #307 & Ash Creek Detour Trail #307 A , Bear Canyon Trail #299 , Blue Jay Ridge Trail #314 , Clark Peak Trail #301 , Cunningham Loop #316 *Mountain Biking* , Deadman Trail #70 , Dutch Henry Trail #297 , Grant Creek Trail #305 , Grant Goudy Ridge Trail #310 , Grant Hill Loop #322 *Mountain Biking* , Heliograph Trail #328A , Ladybug Trail #329 , Round the Mountain Trail #302 , Shake Trail #309 , Taylor Canyon Trail #306 , Webb Peak Trail #345
The following camping areas are available to the public in the Pinaleño Mountains, Coronado National Forest. Click the area below to learn more about it and how to get there.Arcadia Campground , Cunningham Campground , Hospital Flat Campground , Noon Creek Picnic Area , Riggs Flat Campground , Round the Mountain Picnic Area , Shannon Campground , Soldier Creek Campground , Wet Canyon Picnic Area
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