Dove Mountain Hiking Trails Guide
Dove Mountain is one of the few places in the country where you can enjoy an outdoor lifestyle all year round. The breathtaking desert mountain landscape combined with the unique climate and nearly untouched natural surroundings make Dove Mountain an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Walking, jogging, hiking, biking and even horseback riding are enjoyed by people of all ages on Dove Mountain’s more than 60 miles of trails. There is plenty to be discovered on these high Sonoran Desert trails that range in elevation from 2,800 – 4,300 feet.
There are 10 trails and 2 parks in the Dove Mountain hiking area and nature preserve. They are:
- Cochie Springs
- Wild Mustang
- Lower Javalina
- Wild Burro
- Alamo Springs
- Upper Javalina
- Tortolita Preserve
- Dove Mountain Community Trail
- Dove Mountain Park
- The Preserve Park
Almost all trails are multipurpose. However, if you’re looking for pedestrian-only trails, check out Alamo Springs and Lower Javalina. These two are great for younger kids and adults who want or need to go at a slower pace.
TIPS FOR VISITORS
Most people who enjoy the outdoors know the basic rules or “trail etiquette” that should be following while using any outdoor trail. In case you’re new to hiking, here are some general guidelines that will keep you safe and help to preserve your beautiful surrounding for years to come:
- Keep dogs leashes and clean up after them
- Share the trail and keep to the right
- Pass on the left and announce yourself
- Stay on established trails at all times
- Everyone yields to horses
- Be courteous
- Pack it in, pack it out
Also, be sure you bring plenty of water and some snacks or meals if you will be going out on longer hikes. Proper hiking boots will protect your feet from sharp rocks and other elements. Be aware of cacti. They are all around you in Dove Mountain and can easily get stuck in clothing. As a tip, bring a comb with you to remove any cholla cactus that you may come in contact with.
It’s always best to hike with someone else or a group of people rather than hike alone. If you do go alone, make sure to tell someone when you are leaving and when you plan to return.
For more information on any of these Dove Mountain hiking trails, visit the Marana Parks and Rec department:
11555 West Civic Center Drive
Marana, AZ 85653
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