Agua Caliente Road

Buckeye, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 03/22/2021
3.3 / 5 ( 6 reviews )
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Highlight: Agua Caliente Road
Located close to the southwest Phoenix Valley, Agua Caliente Road is a comfortable drive through the Lower Sonoran Desert that travels roughly 40-miles between Buckeye and the old town of Agua Caliente. Once you travel a few miles in, the remote desert experience takes hold, providing views of the Gila Mountains, Fourth of July Butte, Cortez Peak, and Yellow Medicine Butte, and all the while peppered with Saguaro and Palo Verde. Years ago, this area was so remote that a location named "Sundad" was built to house patients with Tuberculosis - they wanted to keep the contagion as far from the population as possible. Today, Sundad only has foundations left but is a must-do side trip offering some of the more unique desert art and homages in all of Arizona.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Agua Caliente Road has a brief portion of pavement. The dirt portion begins here and you can't miss it. You will see Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant in the distance off to the northwest

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Buckeye, Arizona

Take MC85 west to South Turner Road and turn left. Travel 1 mile south and turn right onto West Hazen Road. Travel 1 mile to and left on South Wilson for .5 mile. Turn right onto Old Highway 80 and travel 11.9 miles to Agua Caliente Road on your right.



Trail Reviews (6)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: I'll be running this trail with my wife on Sunday, Are there any preferred routes or ways go to? I've been researching all the trail systems that connect....Any input would be awesome! Thank you in advance!
–Jon Sauber (04/17/2020)
–Todd (04/17/2020)

Writer Information



Todd is an avid wheeler who loves to explore new trails whenever and wherever he can. They say necessity is the mother of all invention and that holds true for Todd. His want and desire to find passable trails and new nooks and crannies of the Great American West to explore were his reasons behind starting On any given weekend you can find Todd on some obscure 4x4 trail or using his legs to hike to an alpine lake.
For individual use only, not to be shared.