Forty Nine Wash Trail

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Nestled in Arizona's expanse, a slice of "Big Sky" country unfolds along Cienega Creek. Just 45 miles southeast of Tucson, this landscape boasts wide-open grasslands, panoramic mountain views, and meandering waters that transport you to another realm.

This trail is mostly a level dirt trail with several moderate ruts and narrow sections. A few rough, off-camber, and bumpy areas require four-wheel drive. Several other trails meander through the wash and surrounding desert terrain.

The Forty Nine Wash area has several places to set up camp among mesquite trees and towering cottonwoods. Each spot sits along Cienega Creek. The trail crosses Las Cienegas National Conservation Area and Arizona State Trust Land. Camping is free in the conservation area but requires a permit on the trust land, the northern third of the trail.

While in this area, check out the historic Empire Ranch for a taste of old Arizona.