Arizona Trail: Cienega Corridor

4.43 out of 5
View Topo Map


↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 2,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This segment of the Arizona Trail is newly constructed and built to high standard. Weave through saguaros and dodge sharp rocks for over 25 miles (one way). This is an out and back ride, so turn around when you want and head back.

There are many access points, but the closest to Tucson is at Pistol Hill Road (described in directions). The trail heads southeast, around a saguaro studded hillside before dropping into Colossal Cave Mountain Park. After climbing a steep saddle, look for 'the castle' in the distance. It's a private residence, but a bizarre one. Continue on the mellow singletrack to 3 Bridges, then through a rideable culvert under Interstate 10.

The segment ends at the Lakes Road, near some dirt tanks, but construction (on the Las Colinas segment) to tie into the Arizona Trail further south is ongoing.
added by smorrisBunny Hop
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
Directions to Trailhead
Get Directions
Create a free Singletracks account to get directions to this trail.

Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
Please login or create an account to ask a question.
Recommended Trails
Recommended Trails
50-year Trail / Golder Ranch
Phil's World
Bootleg Canyon
Local Info & Nearby Trails
Trail Check-ins
Trail Check-ins
what's this?
Recent Trail Check-ins     (156 total check-ins)
  Gairo   on Aug 10, 2019
  Gairo   on Aug 7, 2019
  trailwerks   on Jul 14, 2019
  Gairo   on May 29, 2019
  Gairo   on May 27, 2019
Photo & Video Gallery (15)
Trail Photos & Videos (15)
Reviews (7)


August 15, 2017
Deeperrin Trailblazer  
Review: A highlight while on the AZT300. After failing in 2016, this section was something that kept my spirit up. I knew it was coming up so I went ahead and crashed at Twin Lakes so I could hit it during the morning time. Super Fun.


December 30, 2015
TuacaTom Gramcounter  
Review: This is a truly wonderful trail. I've ridden from Camp Hope connecting to the AZT, then at various times, thru Colossal Cave, over the ridge to the 3 Bridges/Gabe-Zimmerman towards the Twin Tanks (going there this weekend). Great scenery with a combination of nice flowing single track to a few rocky technical areas with some climbs.


May 28, 2015
abegold Doubletrack  
Review: Ridden here many times, often used as a dog run trail to Rincon Creek if flowing. Moderate tech thru out the trail. Few hard climbs, most are moderate but long. Good spring wildflower area. Several streams and cow ponds in wet weather.

Similar Trail: AZ Trail north of Oracle


May 27, 2014
Review: Awesome trail, super fun and a couple slightly technical sections. Very fast and smooth/flowy. A couple fun downhill sections that can get you into trouble if you suck basically. But easy going and mostly uphill which kinda sucks but it gets the blood flowing and the legs burning. Fun ride recommend to riders of an level.


March 31, 2014
Eric Foltz Doubletrack  
Review: Rode this from the Zimmerman TH south to the Lakes TH. Great trail for the XC types with lots of fast flowy sections going both ways. It's generally uphill to the Lakes so the way back goes much quicker. Well engineered trail.

Similar Trail: SARA Park, Dead Horse Ranch SP


November 13, 2012
luv2mtb Trailblazer  
Review: Rode this trail from the Three Bridges/Zimmerman TH north over the saddle and into the Colossal Caves Park. Rode 15 miles in just over 3 hours. Lots of slow going, techy climbs/DH's interspersed with smooth flowy singletrack.


January 25, 2009
vincimus Gramcounter  
Review: Trail is a nice combination of sweet singletrack and technical slow speed cool moves, not what I would consider a good trail to go bombing on, but there are a few places where you can get carried away. Word of caution: This trail is an out and back, so there will be riders going in both directions, with hikers, trail runners and horseback riders sharing the trail, as well. Some riders are not mindful of this fact, but they should be as a collision could result in a serious fall/injury and help is not right around the corner.

Arizona Trail: Cienega Corridor MTB Trail 4.43 out of 5 based on 7 ratings. 7 user reviews.
Trail Conditions
Trail Conditions          < / > embed