Sonoran Desert Preserve
Apache Wash Trailhead
1600 E. Sonoran Desert Drive
The Apache Wash Trailhead of the Sonoran Desert Preserve is located at the far north end of Phoenix, slightly south and east of the Carefree highway junction with Interstate 17. The trailhead was opened in November, 2013 and allows access to nearly 40 miles of hiking and biking trails. The Sonoran Desert Preserve is an excellent example of desert vegetation and landscape with both mountainous and flat terrain as well as several expansive arroyos. With the vast network of trails as well as expanses of open desert, the Preserve is an excellent location to explore.
DirectionsTo get to the Apache Wash Trailhead:
|From the West||
From the I-17/Dove Valley Parkway Junction
Traveling on the Black Canyon Freeway (I-17) either northbound or southbound, exit at the Dove Valley Parkway (exit 222). The Dove Valley Parkway exit is one mile south of the Carefree Highway.
Travel east on the Dove Valley Parkway 5.5 miles to the Apache Wash Trailhead.
The trailhead is on the north side of the road (at this point, the road has magically turned into the East Sonoran Desert Drive). View Google Map
|From the East||
From the Cave Creek Road/E. Sonoran Desert Drive Intersection
Traveling on Cave Creek Road either northbound or southbound, continue to the junction with the East Sonoran Desert Drive.
Travel west on the Sonoran Desert Drive 5.7 miles to the Apache Wash Trailhead.
The trailhead is on the north side of the road. View Google Map
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