Wild Horse Trail

Superstition Mountains Area, Arizona

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Wild Horse Trail


  • You will know you're on the right trail when you have to walk right about 30 feet from the parking lot, parallel to the road, before passing a small post to start the hike.- Wild Horse Trail
  • Tomorrow's adventure?- Wild Horse Trail
  • Wild Horse Trailhead.- Wild Horse Trail
  • The trail is shared by horseback enthusiasts, mountain bikers, hikers, and wild horses!- Wild Horse Trail
  • There are other trails nearby that look like only horses use them. Although fun to explore, these are not the actual Wild Horse Trail.- Wild Horse Trail
  • Wild Horse Trail is lined with ancient saguaro cactus that accompany you on your adventure!- Wild Horse Trail
  • Open views along the Wild Horse Trail.- Wild Horse Trail
  • Desert views.- Wild Horse Trail
  • North Bush Highway.- Wild Horse Trail
  • The Wildhorse Trail leaves right from the highway.- Wild Horse Trail
  • Parking for the Wild Horse Trail.- Wild Horse Trail
  • The Wild Horse Trail.- Wild Horse Trail
  • A cholla cactus along the Wild Horse Trail.- Wild Horse Trail
  • The trail is well marked.- Wild Horse Trail
Overview + Weather
Easy hike. Scenic views. Wildlife. Wildflowers.
Forest pass required. Seasonal due to heat.
Superstition Mountains Area, AZ
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
6,148.29 ft (1,874.00 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking, Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.40 mi (7.08 km)
Total elevation gain: 
-560.00 ft (-170.69 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,874.00 ft (571.20 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Wild Horse Trail is a tricky one to find, but once you get there, it's worth the effort. Bridging the gap between Usery Pass Road and North Bush Highway, you can traverse this desert trail via horse, foot, or mountain bike. Technically the Wild Horse Trail is only 4.4 miles long out and back; however, if you connect with Maricopa Trail, the route stretches to nearly 7 miles long. If you're making the full circuit from highway to highway, using a horse or a mountain bike is recommended because the trek becomes a 14-mile round-trip route back to your car.

Keep an eye out of wild horses! You can spot their tracks all along the trail, and are seen seasonally out in this area. Since this is a desert trail with no access to restrooms or water, please trek cautiously! Although the area is reasonably flat, it is easy to lose your sense of direction when you're hot and thirsty, and this is an area you don't want to be unprepared for!

There is an old National Rifle Association pit nearby, so watch for gunshell cases and a lot of broken glass in some areas. Most of the trail is clear, but you'll see these areas along the way. If you're feeling extra awesome, collect a small amount of trash on your way out because every bit helps! Happy Trails!

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