Painted Desert Trail

The Painted Desert Trail was developed by the YCC (Youth Conservation Corps). Construction began in 1980 and the trail officially opened on November 4, 1983. The trail is 1.3 miles with trail markers interpreting the geologic and natural history of the area. It traverses two washes and climbs over a mesa with a picturesque view of the Lower Colorado River Valley and Sonoran Desert.

photo: HIKING THROUGH THE VOLCANIC ASH FLOWS Type: Backcountry
Length: 1.30 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: 40 mi. N of Yuma in the Imperial Nat. Wildlife Refuge.
States: Arizona
Counties: La Paz
Latitude: 33.02787   Longitude: -114.49874

From Yuma: Travel north on Highway 95. Near Milepost 47 turn left onto Martinez Lake Road. Follow Martinez Lake Road west for approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto Red Cloud Mine Road and follow signs directing you to the Visitor Center.

Description

The Painted Desert Trail was developed by the YCC (Youth Conservation Corps). Construction began in 1980 and the trail officially opened on November 4, 1983. The trail is 1.3 miles with trail markers interpreting the geologic and natural history of the area. It traverses two washes and climbs over a mesa with a picturesque view of the Lower Colorado River Valley and Sonoran Desert.



The trail is maintained by Refuge volunteers and is used by a variety of visitors, from fourth grade school children on field trips to adventurous people enjoying a full moon hike. The Painted Desert Trail is the only designated trail on the Refuge and provides visitors an opportunity to explore the Lower Colorado River Valley and Sonoran Desert. As a National Wildlife Refuge, the trail fulfills four of the "big 6" compatible wildlife-dependent recreational activities, which are: wildlife observation, photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Sand
Secondary Surface: Sand

Average Grade: 3%
Elevation Low Point: 185
Elevation High Point: 280
Year Designated: 2005

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Information Contact:
Sue Mcdonald
USFWS
sue_mcdonald@fws.gov

Trail Management:
Ken Edwards
USFWS
PO Box 72217
Yuma , AZ 85365
(928) 783-3371
ken_edwards@fws.gov
http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/arizona/imperial.html

 

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