The closure order implemented after the Bighorn Fire was updated increasing recreational access to Sabino Canyon and the Santa Catalinas on September 21st. The updated order will remain in effect until November 1, 2020.
"We've worked to implement emergency treatments so we can provide as many recreation opportunities to the public as possible." said CJ Woodard, Santa Catalina District Ranger. "Visitors should be aware that Sabino Canyon looks different after the fire due to mitigation measures implemented by the BAER team. Hazards still exist in the burn scar and the general forest, so I implore visitors to be safe, heed the signs, and be vigilant"
While the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area will open on Monday, the shuttle and the visitor center are closed. We are working with our partners to open these amenities as soon as possible.
The following trails are partially open. These trails are closed at the burn scar boundary due to hazards that can cause injuries.
- Oracle Ridge Trail #1 (3.2 miles)
- Brush Corral Trail #19 (1.75 miles)
- Mint Spring Trail #20 (0.3 mile)
- Box Camp Trail #22 (3.5 miles)
- Sabino West Fork Trail #24 (1 mile)
- Esperero Trail #25 (3.3 miles)
- Finger Rock Trail #42 (1.5 miles)
- Pima Canyon Trail #62 (2.4 miles)
- Ventana Trail #98 (2 miles)
- Pontatoc Trail #410 (2 miles)
- Guthrie trail #704A (0.5 mile)
- Arizona Trail (32.5 miles)
Restrooms and trash services are not available at all recreation areas, forest visitors should recreate responsibly, pack out their trash and practice Leave No Trace principle.
For information about what recreation areas and activities are available check the frequently asked questions on our website or contact the Santa Catalina Ranger District office at (520) 749-8700. Images of what to expect and how the area looks visit our Flickr.