Quantrell Mine Trail Horseback Riding

The 25th most popular equestrian trail in Arizona.

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South of Tucson and east of Amado, the Quantrell Mine Trail (13 miles) has soaring views of the Santa Cruz Valley, the Santa Rita foothills, and Elephant Head Rock are your reward on this short, rather difficult desert journey. The trail starts in the upper reaches of a branch off Chino Canyon and follows an old roadbed as it angles up the grass- and cactus-covered western slopes of the Santa Ritas. Good views of Mt. Hopkins, the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory at its summit, Madera Canyon to the north, and the Tumacacoris and Baboquiviris to the west make this an excellent trail for those who like expansive views. History buffs will find it to their liking, too, because the trail follows an old road grade constructed around the turn of the century to provide access to a number of mines, including the Quantrell. This extensive dig produced considerable gold, silver, and lead ore during its heyday. Some of the old loading facilities are still visible along the trail, as is some rather impressive road work.

To reach the horseback riding trailhead Via Agua Caliente: Leave Interstate 19 at the Canoa Road Exit. Take the east frontage road 3 miles south to Elephant Head Road and turn east 106 miles to the Mt. Hopkins Road. Drive 4.5 miles to Forest Road 183. Turn north on this dirt road about 2.4 miles to a parking area just before the road crosses the streambed. Park here and travel back down the road to a sign that marks the mountain bike trail. Follow this trail about a mile to the sign that marks the wilderness boundary. The mountain bike trail heads down-canyon here, while the Quantrell Mine Trail continues to diagonal uphill toward Elephant Head Rock.

Overall, Quantrell Mine Trail is the 25th most popular horse trail of all 49 horseback rides in Arizona. Several of the better horse trails are nearby Quantrell Mine Trail including Agua Caliente / Vault Mine Trail, Old Baldy Trail and Madera Nature Trail.


Local Contact(s):  CNF (521) 281-2296; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816; Arizona Horsemens Assoc. (602) 390-6806.

Recommended Map:  "Trail Map For Telluride, Silverton, Ouray" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Bog Springs CG; Elephant Head B&B, Amado (520) 398-2206

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado/

Article Source:   Best Quantrell Mine Trail Horseback Riding Review https://www.trailsource.com/?type=HORSE&id=13967

GPS:  31.7296, -110.9488

Date Published:  12/31/2015

Date Updated:  8/20/2016

ID:  13967

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