Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM) Trail 8011 provides several opportunities to jump back in time and explore the history of this area. Right at the trailhead sits the remnants of Big Horn Station and the Bender family ranch. The station was a stopping point for those traveling on Highway 84 long before Interstate 8 existed. At the very end of trail 8011, if you proceed about half a mile further west on trail 8008, is the Papago Indian Chief Mine.
SDNM 8011 is primarily gravel. One drop-off into a wash could prevent 2WD vehicles from proceeding along the trail. Several areas on this trail can be used for camping with multiple vehicles.
Proceeding on SDNM 8011 past the Unit 40A gate requires a Barry M. Goldwater Range permit. See the permit required link above. The permit is only available online and requires viewing a mandatory safety video. A printed copy of your permit must be carried with you while on this trail past the gate. SDNM 8011 runs through a very remote area of the Sonoran Desert. Please take all necessary precautions.
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