Northeast of Tucson and southwest of Safford, the Ash Creek trail is a 9 mile ride from near Cluff Reservoir to Ash Creek Falls.
Access: High elevation trailhead- From Safford drive 8 miles south on US 191 to the Swift Trail (AZ 366). Turn right (southwest) onto AZ 366 and continue 29 miles to the Columbine Visitor Information Station. Just past the Info Station and across the road are the Columbine public corrals and Ash Creek trailhead.
Low elevation trailhead- From the town of Pima, drive south on Cluff Ranch Road. When you reach the entrance to Cluff Ranch, turn left. Cross the cattle guard, continue until you reach a 3-way intersection and turn left. Follow this road approximately 1 mile to the trailhead.
Note: This trail is suitable for horseback as well as foot travel; however, there is a stretch of the trail called slickrock that is particularly hazardous for horses. To avoid this section, take the 307A detour.
Overall, Ash Creek is the 26th most popular horseback riding trail of all 49 horseback riding in Arizona.