Ocotillo Trail Hiking Series

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Oct. 10 | Dec. 12   10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Get a taste of the Whetstone Mountains backcountry on the Ocotillo Trail! Join an experienced park ranger for a 3.2 mile hike over moderate terrain. Make sure to bring plenty of water, good hiking shoes, and to dress appropriately for the weather. 

The Ocotillo Trail is 1.7-mile addition to the Foothills Loop Trail. The full loop encompasses both trail segments  and is about 3.2 miles in total. The trail has a gentle yet steady elevation gain across rocky terrain until the halfway point on the trail. The trail offers sweeping views of the San Pedro River valley as well as the Dragoon mountains.

Throughout your hike, a multitude of ocotillo plants can be seen from the aptly-named trail. In spring, enjoy the reddish orange blossoms that grace the tops of these spiky desert plants. These blooms are a favorite of hummingbirds! Ocotillo only grow their bright green leaves when there is adequate moisture, they can drop and regrow their leaves several times a year to conserve moisture during times of drought. Other vegetation includes prickly pear, cholla, and barrel cactus, mesquite, whitethorn and catclaw acacia (wait-a-minute bush), brittlebush, ephedra (Mormon tea), century plants, shin dagger agave, desert spoon, bear grass, and yucca.

Park entry is $7/vehicle, no additional cost for the hike. Leashed dogs welcome. Hike may be cancelled due to weather, please check conditions before coming out.