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  • Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead

    map16248 E. Marsh Station Road
    Vail, AZ 85641
    LON: -110.64761917000
    LAT: 32.01407502000

    The Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead parking lot provides access to the Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, Davidson Canyon and the Arizona Trail. This trailhead has room for 22 vehicles and 8 horse rigs. The trailhead is located just off Marsh Station Road. Horses are not allowed in Cienega Creek Natural Preserve but are allowed on the Arizona Trail alignment only. Dogs are allowed on leash. Open dawn to dusk.

    Note:permit is required to access the preserve however, no permit is required if you are only utilizing the Arizona Trail. These permits are free.

    From Tucson on eastbound I-10, exit 281 (Sonoita/Patagonia), turn left to cross I-10 to Marsh Station Road. From westbound I-10, exit 281, loop exit to Marsh Station Road. Travel northeast on Marsh Station Road approximately 3 miles and watch for the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead sign on the right. After parking, walk through the gate and go left (northeast) on the trail. At "Y" go right and follow trail down to creek.

    Three Bridges or the second parking lot is 0.3 miles farther up on Marsh Station Road, on the left side and just before railroad tracks. Parking is allowed on front portion of lot. Do not go under tressel (railroad property). Road to third lot is right across Marsh Station Road from second lot and holds approximately 5 cars. Note: these two lots are recommended for viewing and photographing trains only. NRPR cautions against crossing the railroad tracks to enter preserve.

    Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trailhead Guidelines

    trailhead parking

    Outdoor Activities:

    • Birding
    • Hiking
    • Hiking with Dogs
    • Horseback Riding (Arizona Trail ONLY) 
    • Mountain Biking (Arizona Trail ONLY)
    • Trail Running
    Cienega Creek Natural Preserve Brochure
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