Cottonwood-Wildlife Corridor-AZT Loop (CI)

Date:Destination:Cottonwood-Wildlife Corridor-AZT Loop
Level:Casual Intermediate (CI)Area:Oracle State Park
Approx hike distance in miles:5Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:432Hike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:690Hike leader email:
Departure time - Union Center parking lot:Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in
Recommended gas donation:$10
Unpaved miles:0Park entry fee per vehicle:Yes, see below
Road conditions:GoodWebsite for reference info:
High clearance vehicle req'd:NoTrailhead GPS coordinates:32.608647


Maintained Trail:YesUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:NoSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):NoSlippery Trail Surfaces:No
Use of Hands Required:NoBoulder Hopping:No
Difficulty :EasyWater Crossings:No
Restrooms at Trailhead:YesGloves Required:No
This loop hike incorporates several well-maintained trails in Oracle State Park including the Cottonwood, Wildlife Corridor and the AZT. Bring water and a snack. This hike requires an entry fee ($7/car). The fee can be paid at the Kiosk drop tube where there are envelopes requesting vehicle information and a tear off tag for your car. The entry fee can also be paid at the Ranch House entrance and the Ranger will provide a tag.
If you think you might be driving, please print and bring these directions with you.
  • Take Merrill Ranch Parkway to Felix Road and turn right
  • Take Felix Road to Hunt Hwy and turn left
  • Drive 7.5 miles to AZ 79 and turn south (right)
  • Travel 55 miles to Oracle Junction
  • Turn east (left) onto AZ 77 continuing 9 miles to Oracle
  • Turn right onto West American Avenue and drive 2 miles and continue straight onto East Mt. Lemmon Hwy.
  • In 1 mile turn left on Wildlife Drive, the entry to Oracle State Park. The coordinates above are to the main parking lot at the Park.