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Palo Verde Trail

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A trail from the visitor center to the campground offering sweeping views and insight into desert life.


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

99%

Runnable

1,686' 514 m

High

1,637' 499 m

Low

69' 21 m

Up

65' 20 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

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Occasionally the scenic roads are closed, especially during the summer monsoon season. Please check current road status at the visitor center or call, 520-387-6849, ext 7302.

Description

The Palo Verde Trail departs from the visitor center and makes its way down to the campground. You can park at the visitor center and cross the street to begin the run. The trail parallels Highway 85 for a while as it winds its way through the desert landscape. As you make your way along, Organ Pipe Cacti and Saguaro Cacti sit on either side of the trail and chain fruit cholla and teddy bear cholla can be seen in places.

The trail is exposed with very little shade, so make sure you have plenty of water and wear sunscreen and a hat to help alleviate the heat. After roughly half a mile, the trail begins to veer off to the right and follows Twin Peaks Road as it heads toward the campground. You may see a hawk flying overhead, a coyote on the prowl for a morning or evening snack, and other animals common to the Sonoran Desert. The trail makes its way through several washes before climbing gently to where it intersects with the Campground Perimeter Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Various types of cacti, cholla, and Ironwood trees can be seen along the trail. You get a good idea of the plant life and some of the wildlife that call the Sonoran Desert home as you traverse the area between the visitor center and the campground.

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Shared By:

David Hitchcock

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Views of the Ajo range sit off to the left hand side of the trail as you head to the Campground.
Jan 7, 2018 near Sonoyta, MX
The Palo Verde Trail is little more than a gravel trail as it heads toward the campground.  However, as you can see in the distance, the mountains rise above the desert, providing great views.
Jan 7, 2018 near Sonoyta, MX
Saguaro cacti and Organ Pipe cacti flank the trail.
Jan 7, 2018 near Sonoyta, MX
The power line corridor, which is open to hiking and horseback riding, intersects the Palo Verde at this point and heads North and South through the monument.
Jan 7, 2018 near Sonoyta, MX
Benches sit alongside the trail in case you need to rest on the journey.
Jan 7, 2018 near Sonoyta, MX
The Palo Verde Trail heads off to the visitor center from the campground.
Jan 1, 2018 near Sonoyta, MX

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