The Sonoran Desert National Monument (SDNM) trail 8015 provides a great escape deep into the Sonoran Desert. You will enjoy a relatively easy ride on gravel for most of the trail. The last half mile is a bit more challenging as you climb the foothills of the Sand Tank Mountains. Once at the trail's end, the view over the vast desert you just crossed is dotted with thousands of Saguaros. There are several camping opportunities along the way, with a large area for multiple vehicles by trail marker 8015C.
Proceeding on SDNM 8015 past the Unit 40A gate requires a Barry M. Goldwater Range permit. Please refer to 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 8015 runs through a very remote area of the Sonoran Desert. Please take all necessary precautions.
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