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.

Hiking the Tortolita Mountains


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Wild Burro Trailhead Address
15000 North Secret Springs Drive, Marana, AZ

Various Hiking Options
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 (return the same way) – Level = B-
  • Wild Burro Trail  to 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 (return the same way) – 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