Desert Trails Bed and Breakfast is located directly across Speedway Blvd. from Saguaro National Park;
the Wentworth Trail Corridor is 5 minutes from our doorstep by foot. Two other trailheads (our favorites)
are within 2 miles, and both have parking areas: the Douglas Spring Trailhead (at the end of Speedway Blvd.) provides access to the lower
desert and foothills trails of Cactus Forest Trail System as well as the Douglas Spring Trail which leads into the
higher elevations of the Rincon Mountain Wilderness Area; the Broadway Trailhead provides access to the lower
elevation trails of the Cactus Forest Trail System (see map
). The Saguaro National Park Visitor Center and the Cactus Forest
Loop Drive are about 6 miles from Desert Trails.
John and Steffi are experienced backpackers who can help you plan hikes ranging from a casual walk in the lower
elevations of the park to a demanding climb into the ponderosa pines of the Rincon Wilderness.
The nearby Catalina Mountains of the Coronado National Forest have hundreds of miles of trails and
Mt. Lemmon (9000' elevation, approximately 1 hour drive) is home to the southernmost ski run in the
continental United States.
If you prefer two wheels over four hooves, the side roads
and trails of the Coronado National Forest at Redington Pass (approximately 30 minutes away) offer mountain bike rides ranging
from sedate to extreme. There are a number of bike shops nearby that rent mountain bikes. The Cactus Forest Loop Drive at
Saguaro East and the Old Spanish Trail to Collosal Cave rides are favorites of local road bikers.
Our neighbor, Bobbi Houston, gives riding lessons and leads trail rides into Saguaro National Park. For more information and reservations visit her
website at Houston Trail Rides
Birding and Wildlife Observations
Saguaro National Park is a great place to observe the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert and most of our property is
natural desert and mesquite bosque. We are visited often by javelina, coyotes, roadrunners and other desert dwellers.
We have landscaped some areas to attract butterflies and hummingbirds and have seen seven different species of
hummingbirds at our feeders. We have numerous bird feeders of different types scattered around our property.