Joe's Canyon

Joes Canyon

Written by Mare Czinar Category: Citizen Hiker (hiking blog) Issue: February 2017
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“When I go outside, I love the sounds and the many beauties of nature. As I [make] footprints on the ground, I’m anxiously awaiting to see what is up the next hill or around the corner.” Such poetic musings flow freely from lifetime hiker Lori Shoaf of El Mirage. The married mother of three enjoys local trails as well as more remote hiking destinations across the state. Last spring, she explored the Sierra Vista area, including Joe’s Canyon Trail, a segment of the Arizona Trail system that runs through Coronado National Monument to the Mexico border.  
“The trail was well-marked and easy to walk on,” she says. “We started from the top and worked ourselves down. There was much grass and some trees and [a] few cactuses with blooms on them. You could see into Sonora, Mexico, and many mountain ranges from all around. I find hiking relaxing, invigorating, peaceful and a great way to connect with nature.”
— Mare Czinar



LENGTH: 6.8 miles roundtrip
RATING: Moderate
ELEVATION: 5,006’-6,493’
GETTING THERE: From Sierra Vista, take State Route 92 south 16 miles to S. Coronado Memorial Rd. Turn right (south) and follow it 4.7 miles (road becomes E. Montezuma Canyon Rd.) to the Coronado National Memorial Visitor Center. (Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Trail begins a few yards up the road beyond the center. Parking is free.
NEXT MONTH: Balmy spring temperatures spur wildflower spectacles across the Valley. A native plant aficionado shares his favorite Phoenix-area trail for viewing blooms.



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