Kentucky Camp Trail - TRAIL

Kentucky Camp Trail - Trail, Sonoita/Patagoina, Arizona

This trail was the 2000 IMBA epic in Southern Arizona. It is a great advernture ride. Bring a good map, campus, detailed directions, a bike odometer, extra food and water and CB's if you have them. Do not ride this trail alone! It is a great combination of old jeep roads and singletrack. The trail is a big figure eight with the kentucky camp set in the middle. There is water at the kentucky camp so refill every chance you get. There is also a creek on the southern part of the eight, so bringing iodine would not hurt. This is a combination of navigating and wild outback riding. You will not see too many people. This trail is the Arizona Trail combined with jeeps road to make a loop. You can find more information at imba.com and a map of the trail at sdmb.org. Avoid riding the trail in the summer, way too hot. Start early (it will take all day to ride) and have a detailed Map. You will get lost without a map!! Have fun!!

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Kirk Astroth   Weekend Warrior [Dec 15, 2016]

Drive 5 miles in off Hwy. 83 on the Garnder Canyon Road and park at the obvious parking lot for the Arizona Trail. We rode up the steep AZ Trail NE of the parking lot to the top of the hills and rode the combo single track and double track to Kentucky Camp. From there we rode the FS roads about 2 1/2 miles to 4113 which then veers to the west and then south, eventually joining 4085. Great ride of about 12 miles and it took 3 hours but we stop a lot and take photos and chat. Good fun and the worst part is the start--lots of loose rocks and big boulders knocked loose by horses.

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c_davis_jr   Cross Country Rider [Jun 21, 2005]

I've been checking out multiple trails on my cross country trip. I've hit Fruita, Moab and now Southern AZ. The Kentucky Trail is an awesome trail. I enjoy long (3 hours or more) cross country riding with good climbs and good decents and this trail has all of that - nothing to extreme (severe drops etc). It flows very well. I've ridden this trail 3 times in the past week and will keep riding it while I stay at Ft Huachuca. This is definately one of the best trail systems I've ridden in the country.

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I've parked at Kentucky Camp each time I've ridden. Twice I went south following the AZ trail, and once I went North following the AZ Trail. Both are good directions, but be aware the north route has some good climbs (if you do out and backs). I came across a few prospecting mines along the way. Bring sunscreen, plenty of H20, and spare tubes etc.

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hcooper   Cross Country Rider [Sep 15, 2003]

This is a great ride for those who want to get out and see incredible Southern Arizona landscapes. The views and varied terrain make this a trail to remember. The singletrack in the first few miles (if you start on 4072 @ milepost 42) is a bit overgrown and full of loose baby heads (rocks). Otherwise, the AZ Trail singletrack is certainly worth the effort on the climbs. Oak trees, grasses and rolling hills make you feel like you are in Central California. There are good number of bone-jarring downhills, if you try some of the connecting jeep trails. This is a long ride if you do the entire 38 miles. Expect to be riding for at least 6 hours. Bring food and a good map. Enjoy.

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Try parking at Kentucky Camp and doing both loops with a car break in between.

Similar Products Used: Elephant Head, Josephine Saddle
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Nat   [May 21, 2001]

The AZ Trail through Kentucky Camp is very smooth and flowing. It meanders from across one valley to the next, ending at designated Wilderness at the far south end. The rolling grassy hills and lack of cacti remind me more of northern Califonia than southern Arizona, and is a good day trip for those who want to ride something other than sonoran desert for a bit. After the ride, turn south to Sonoita for a meal at the Steak Out.

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Lately my preference has been to park at the Fish Canyon parking area, then ride to the south through Kentucky Camp.

Similar Products Used: Across the valley to the east is Empire Ranch. There is a 25 mile jeep trail loop that follows the contour of the opposite mountain range. This is a good trail if you're looking for a long, steady ride without any severe climbs. It's very exposed, so be prepared when the weather's hot. The entrance is on the east side of the highway, just south of the northernmost AZ Trail entrance (Melendrez Pass) described previously. It's marked with a BLM sign.
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John   [Oct 02, 2002]

Well worth the drive!!!! If you have not done this ride your missing out. Highly recomended!!!

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Mark   [Feb 27, 2003]

Great views, challenging climbs, fun singletrack. Unless it's a drought year you should have several water crossings.

When visitors come and have time for only one ride, this is where I take them.

All due respect to John, but the Sonoita Cafe and the Velvet Elvis pizza place in Patagonia are much better places to eat.

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My favorite route begins at the parking area just after you get on USFS land on Fish Canyon Road. Ride up Fish Canyon Road to Kentucky Camp, ride the AZ Trail through the meadow, then take a right on the jeep road. Follow jeep roads to Gardner Canyon Road, take a right and cross the cattleguard, take a left and then in about a half mile, turn right on the AZ Trail. Do an out-and-back to the end of the flume, then come all the way back to Kentucky Camp on the trail. You finish with a fun, fast descent. About 20 miles. (You can lengthen it by continuing straight on Gardner Canyon Road after the cattleguard, climbing the Link Trail and descending to the AZ Trail at the end of the flume.

Similar Products Used: Arizona Trail from Canelo Pass to Patagonia. 15 miles one way, and you can loop back on roads through the spectacular San Rafael Valley, where the movie "Oklahoma!" was filmed. The loop is about 33 miles. No water available on the trail, so bring enough for 5-6 hours.
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