Maybe this way will work better for you: “This site is 14.5 miles southwest of Globe. Soon after becoming FR55, the road is gravel. San Tan Valley is Pinal County’s newest and largest named area. Within 3 months the community changed the area into 3.5 miles of 10 accessible trails. It’s a twisty road that winds up the mountains and there are some gorgeous views. Pack your trash out. We have found many such sites on our rambles – near the Chiricahuas, in the Pinalenos, and now here again in the Pinals. Pinal, the larger of the two campgrounds, has 13 camp units and Upper Pinal has 3 units. We continued on past Winkelman, but you could get on 177 here and head back to Highway 60 and Superior. 651. Although not signed, the Pinal campground sites begin right after the sign and are located on both sides of Rt. Pinal Mountain is a secluded mountain oasis in contrast to the hot, harsh desert that surrounds it. Pinal County residents and visitors have access to a wide variety of park, trail and outdoor recreation opportunities. There are a couple of other roads that head into the mountains, and in fact we came out on one that took us right by the Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park. It isn’t open on weekdays. The closest city is the Globe, Arizona/Miami, Arizona area, which is just a few miles north of the mountain range. The first of several hiking trails is Kellner Canyon -- then FR651 passes two more trails (Ice House, Six Shooter) before ending at the array of radio towers of Pinal Peak. Once you’re here, trailheads that ascend into shaded Ponderosa Pine forests are just another 20 minutes drive from downtown Globe. “It’s great to see,” said Adam Krukow, director of golf at Francisco Grande Hotel & Golf Resort. A dramatic southern skyline bordering the nearby city of Globe, the Pinal Mountains offer four-season recreation luring summer and winter hikers, birders, mountain bikers – and fall foliage photographers. The area around Globe is all about mining. I absolutely love to help people find fun things to do with their kids and grandkids. Or keep driving - right to the 7800 foot mountaintop – via 12 miles of scenic, well-graded dirt road leading to Signal Peak on the East side of the range, or Madera Peak on the West. A short while later, you will reach another road junction between Forest Roads 112 and 55. You don’t need a 4WD in dry conditions. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Scenic mountain trails are some of the Pinal Mountains most treasured adventures. Highway 60 connects the two towns. The pines get taller and the shadows grow deeper around Mile 7.2 as the forest thickens, and the well-maintained dirt road passes through the Pioneer Pass Recreation Area at Mile 8.6. Start driving towards Icehouse Canyon. Just pack out your own trash. We simply drove to Globe and turned at the sign, but we got a bit twisted around at first. Pioneer is a large site composed of dispersed campgrounds located in the Globe Ranger District of Tonto National Forest. Come see the splendor & amazing color on display when the temperatures drop in the Pinal Mountains. Trails. BLM-managed lands in Pinal County include the Sonoran Desert National Monument west of Casa Grande and the Ironwood Forest National Monument south of Red Rock. The closest city is the Globe, Arizona/Miami, Arizona area, which is just a few miles north of the mountain range. Turn left onto Forest Rt. The Pinals are an easy day-trip, too! You can’t really get lost up there, either. The nearest weather station for both precipitation and temperature measurements is GL which is approximately 8 miles away and has an elevation of 3,650 feet (4,188 feet lower than Pinal Mountains). It’s a recreation site on the Gila River where you can camp, picnic, bird watch, and even hop in the river if you want to. There are several large open pit Copper mines around the towns of Globe and Miami. We continued through Globe and entered the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. Here is how the Forest Service says to get to Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. It’s about a 2 hour drive, and we arrived at Ferndell Spring at about 8:45. The forest around the campgrounds is ponderosa pines and white fir, and hiking trails take off all over the place. A bit further south, about half a mile past milepost 144 is the Christmas Recreation Site. Wildlife is on display at almost every turn in the road. ... Continue another 9.5 miles atop the mountain to another fork that is signed with mileage to "Pinal Tower" and "Recreation Area". the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area has plenty of picnic and camping sites. CASA GRANDE — As the pandemic limits many activities, more locals are turning to golf courses for safe and socially distant fun. Apply For; Find; Learn More About; Pay For; Register to Vote; Request; Document Center. These campgrounds are on sites that were once used by the U. S. Army for heliograph signaling in the late 1800’s. Pinal has 13 units and Upper Pinal has only three, but both campgrounds have toilets, tables, and grills. At some point, you will reach a sign that points to Icehouse Canyon (right) and Sixshooter Canyon (left). Granite Reef Recreation Area, August 14, 2020 August 16, 2020; Boyce Thompson Arboretum, June 18 and 22, 2020 June 23, 2020; Pinal Mountains, June 3, 2020 June 5, 2020; Boyce Thompson Arboretum, May 19, 2020 May 21, 2020; Poster: Birds of Boyce Thompson Arboretum May 11, 2020; Granite Reef on the Salt River, March 14, 2020 April 15, 2020 Pinal Mountains–Ferndell Spring Coordinates: 33.287579, -110.8262292 eBird links: Hotspot map – View details – Recent visits My eBird links: Location life list – Submit data. People of all ages call San Tan Valley home with a variety of golf communities, age-restricted communities and family neighborhoods. The Tonto National Forest implemented similar fire restrictions this week after the Woodbury Fire broke out Saturday in the Superstition Mountains. Located wholly within the Tonto National Forest, the Pinal Recreation Area includes 45,760 acres! Globe-Miami is 90-minutes’ drive from Mesa and East Valley cities. I'm an Arizona native and daughter of an Ojibwa Indian dad who took me camping, shooting, and hunting all my life. It is the highest point of land located in between the Salt and Gila rivers in Arizona before they merge, making it visible from miles away on a clear day. T… There were no fees to use this recreation area when we visited. Looking for a family outing that is full of fun, education and history. I hopped out to look at it, but I decided not to go in. (N33.288523 W110.830198) For the recreation area, go left and continue 0.8 miles to the parking area and picnic tables. Group sites, dispersed camping or RV camping... whatever your choice, it is available in Arizona's Rim Country. Pinal County also provides several neighborhood/community parks and manages approximately 60 miles of regional non-motorized multi … We didn’t hike any of them, but we will be back. Turn left and follow signs toward the recreation area. The town of Mammoth was named after the Mammoth Mine, so named because they believed the gold ore deposits were mammoth. Pinal County ADMP Rules of Development Overview December 31, 2009 p. i Rules of Development Overview … At least eight trails can be found within one mile of Pinal and Upper Pinal offering spectacular views. Switch backs, miles and miles of swoopy forest single track, pristine pine forest and your bike! Turn right towards Icehouse Canyon and follow Forest Road 112 as it heads for Pinal Peak. These trails are fun for nature viewing, day hikes, and family outings. You will be on Sixshooter Canyon Road #222, but you won't know it because there are almost no street signs. As you ascend the mountain, the first habitat is chaparral, with scattered oaks and junipers until the pine forest begins. Caves aren’t my thing! Maybe this way will work better for you: "This site is 14.5 miles southwest of Globe. As the road climbs, pine trees replace the scrub, though manzanita bushes remain commonplace throughout the drive. Oracle is just down the road, and we plan to come back on a weekend so that we can check out the Oracle State Park. Off road and scenic, that is what Rim Country offers the adventurous soul! Find your track. and stays that way to the campground. There are a couple of dozen homes on the mountain, and there are a lot of radio towers on several different peaks, so the road is very well maintained. The community is nestled among the foothills of the San Tan Mountains and boasts a wonderful park and recreation area, the San Tan Mountain Park. I've been an outdoor writer for over 30 years and have written for pretty much all the major fishing magazines, The Arizona Republic (I did the outdoor page til they discontinued it), and many online sites. Short by Arizona standards, Mt Pinal makes up for it in topographic prominence and isolation. Here is how the Forest Service says to get to Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. Proceed 10 miles on unpaved FR 651 to the site.” These are the FS directions to the campgrounds. Copyright: Jim Lindstrom - All Rights Reserved, Copyright: David Burba - All Rights Reserved, Copyright: Jim Lindstrom - All Rights Reserved, Copyright: Amanda Moors - All Rights Reserved, Copyright: David Burba- All Rights Reserved. 651 is single lane with turnouts. Forest Rt. Below are weather averages from 1971 to 2000 according to data gathered from the nearest official weather station. All in all, a wonderful day – where else but Arizona can you be in the desert, the forest, snow, and the beach all within hours on the very same day? Anderson is the current president of the Pinal Mountain Cabin Owners Association, and his cabin is the oldest one on the mountain, passed down through several generations of his wife’s family. Geographically, it's not all that different from a trek in the White Mountains or the Catalinas. Globe-Miami is 90-minutes’ drive from Mesa and East Valley cities. The Pinal Mountains are somewhat of a secret in Arizona. __________________________________________. Both Pinal and Upper Pinal sites are located on a site formerly occupied by the US Army that used it as a heliographic signaling (using mirrors to reflect sunlight) station during the late 1800s. Silly Mountain Park Fees. Assessor; Board of Supervisors; Clerk of the Board; Community Development Awe inspiring shooting stars, constellations and starry skies make the Pinal Mountains truly awesome! Pinal Mountains – the drive is half the fun. The mountains are located within the They have a maximum elevation of 7,848 ft (2,392 m) at Pinal Peak and a prominence of over 4,000 ft (1,200 m). From what I could see on the map, the trails all seem to be out and back trails, and all of them look to have a lot of elevation change. 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The Pinals are an easy day-trip, too! Pavement ends when you turn onto Forest Road 651 – the main road leading campers, hikers and photographers through chaparral-covered hillsides and up into Ponderosa Pine forests. There are many trails to choose from at this location. This is the way that takes you past the Archaeological Park. Mt Pinal is the tallest mountain of the Pinal Mountains, East of Phoenix. Drive into town on U.S. 60 and watch for a sign to the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. It’s a small, pretty town of about 1500 people. Note that due to complaints of dumping and general trashing of public land areas, BLM and National Forest areas are hidden from view for unregistered visitors, newer members (under 6 months), and members under 100 posts. Again, there is a 14 day stay limit and no drinking water, but also no fees. Pinal Mountains–Kellner Canyon Picnic Area Coordinates: 33.3350595, -110.8289221 eBird links: Hotspot map – … It turns out that Russell Road turns into FR 55, and that’s the way you need to go. mountain trails are some of the Pinal Mountains most treasured adventures. One of the cool things about mountain roads is watching the scenery change around you. Elk, deer, bear, javelina, and mountain lion are some of the featured hunts in the region near the Pinal Mountains. If you’re looking for a great day trip from Phoenix, I’ve got a great idea for you – the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area. You end up coming back down the same way you went up, except that you can take a right at one point when you’re almost back to Globe and take FR112 the rest of the way. View all posts by Margaret Anderson. From US 70 in the city of Globe, turn off the highway when you see a sign that says, "Pinal Mountain Recreation Area". We went from desert to forest in about an hour. Both towns are located in a steep canyon at the 3,500-foot elevation level in southern Gila County. Approximately 80,000 people call San Tan Valley home. Just west of the old downtown the highway is heading to the south-southeast (SSE) and bends sharply to east-northeast to cross over Pinal Creek; turn right (SSE) at Hill St. immediately on the east side of the bridge. I explored this lesser-seen side of Arizona on a recent road trip. © 2020-21 - Site operated by the Discover Gila County, Inc. PINAL MOUNTAIN RANGE IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA, Video | Ice House Trail | Mountain Biking, VISIT THE COMMUNITIES AROUND THE PINAL MOUNTAINS. The mountains are located within the Tonto National Forest, and their recreational facilities are maintained b… There are campgrounds and plenty to see up there, and the Forest Service site says the campgrounds are good for trailers up to 20 feet. He and his dozen neighbors join nearly 14,000 cabin owners dispersed within 114 national forests throughout the U.S. Pinal Peak, located in southern Gila County, Arizona, is the highest point in the Pinal Mountains, with an elevation of 7,848 feet (2,392 m). It was called Sulfide Del Ray site and the woods were gorgeous. Located in the Tonto National Forest, the region is designated as the Pinal Recreation Area. Pinal County is home to 5 State Parks, 4 Wilderness areas, 3 National Monuments, 2 National Forests and a National Scenic Trail. The Pinal Mountains are a mountain range located in Gila County, Arizona. The first campground we came to was the one we ended up liking the best. From Globe, follow paved Jess Hayes Road southeast of Globe to the junction of Icehouse Canyon Road/Forest Road (FR) 112 and Sixshooter Canyon Road/Forest Road (FR) 222. Pinal-Mountain Recreation Area is located in the Tonto National Forest of east central Arizona, near the small mining towns of Globe and Miami. We opted to see Mammoth and Oracle, so we continued south. You may spot the Pinal Mountain Recreation Area sign if you are lucky. Fr. This was strictly a reconnaissance trip. If you have a range or area you'd like to add, please send a PM to a board moderator or admin to add your spot! Page 1 of 2 - Pinal Mountains - posted in Trip Reports: Being new to Arizona there are lots of places for me to explore. Historical Weather. At Oracle Junction we took Highway 79 (Pinal Pioneer Parkway) back to town, with one last stop – the Tom Mix Memorial. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Fowl of all kinds can be see in Arizona's Rim Country. The closest city is the Globe, Arizona/Miami, Arizona area, which is just a few miles north of the mountain range. Route mainly follows the Sixshooter Trail up, then back along the Telephone Trail. They have a maximum elevation of 7,848 ft (2,392 m) at Pinal Peak and a prominence of over 4,000 ft (1,200 m). Need we say more? Stop here to see the Gila River and a great place … Find it close by in Globe & Miami, Arizona. There are a lot of trails and there is even a map you can print out online. We arrived there just at sunset, signed the book, and headed home. You will be on a hillbilly bridge. We simply drove to Globe and turned at the sign, but we got a bit twisted around at first. NOTE: The access route turns into dirt 2 miles from the turnoff onto Kellner Canyon Rd. We crossed a little stream that was running and we even saw some left-over snow on the road. There are ten sites here and no fees. A dramatic southern skyline bordering the nearby city of Globe, the Pinal Mountains offer four-season recreation luring summer and winter hikers, birders, mountain bikers – and fall foliage photographers. Pinal Mountain Recreation Site. 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