Chiva Falls

Location: East of Tucson.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Description: This great hard-core trail features Chiva Falls. During wet periods, water flows over a high rock ledge and drops dramatically to a pool below. This cool, shaded halfway point on the route is a popular place to stop for lunch. Narrow, rocky trail that drops into Tanque Verde Canyon then follows the canyon creek bottom. Usually, the creek is relatively dry, but during rainy periods deep crossings are possible. One obstacle called “Three Feathers” has various routes from which to choose, some more difficult than others. The last 0.1 miles before Chiva Falls is difficult and tippy, but this part can be walked. Generally, this trail is driven by modified vehicles, but aggressive stock vehicles can probably get through with some help. There are no monster obstacles, but you can find tough stuff if that’s what you want. Lockers, high ground clearance and skid plates recommended. Route-finding is complex. Don’t drive this trail alone.

Time & Distance: Just under 10 miles. Allow 4 to 5 hours.

Trail Conditions: Coronado N.F., Santa Catalina Ranger District. Call (520) 749-8700.




Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.


Directions to the Trail: From exit 256 at I-10 head east on Grant Road. This flows into Tanque Verde Road which becomes Redington Road as it leaves town. Turn right through an opening in a fence about a half mile after mile marker 7. The road is marked on the fence as FS 4417.


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Get yourself and your rig ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared for your next adventure.

Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of having your full-on bug-out-bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.

Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save the number to Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Their number is (602) 697-8306.


If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!




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