PINAL MOUNTAIN RANGE IN GILA COUNTY, ARIZONA

A dramatic southern skyline bordering the nearby city of Globe, the Pinal Mountains offer four-season recreation luring summer and winter hikers, birders, mountain bikers – and fall foliage photographers.

 

The Pinals are an easy day-trip, too! Globe-Miami is 90-minutes’ drive from Mesa and East Valley cities. Once you’re here, trailheads that ascend into shaded Ponderosa Pine forests are just another 20 minutes drive from downtown Globe. Or keep driving - right to the 7800 foot mountaintop – via 12 miles of scenic, well-graded dirt road leading to Signal Peak on the East side of the range, or Madera Peak on the West. Pavement ends when you turn onto Forest Road 651 – the main road leading campers, hikers and photographers through chaparral-covered hillsides and up into Ponderosa Pine forests.

 

Look for camp sites (yes, with rustic Forest Service outhouse toilets) starting at Sulfide del Rey and also at Ferndell. The first of several hiking trails is Kellner Canyon -- then FR651 passes two more trails (Ice House, Six Shooter) before ending at the array of radio towers of Pinal Peak. Located wholly within the Tonto National Forest, the Pinal Recreation Area includes 45,760 acres!

VISIT THE COMMUNITIES AROUND THE PINAL MOUNTAINS

THINGS TO DO NEAR THE PINAL MOUNTAINS

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ATVing

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Off road and scenic, that is what Rim Country offers the adventurous soul!

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Hiking

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Scenic mountain trails are some of the Pinal Mountains most treasured adventures.  Find your track!

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Mountain Biking

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Switch backs, miles and miles of swoopy forest single track, pristine pine forest and your bike!  Need we say more?

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Star Gazing

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Awe inspiring shooting stars, constellations and starry skies make the Pinal Mountains truly awesome!

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Bird Watching

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Wildlife is on display at almost every turn in the road.  Foul of all kinds can be see in Arizona's Rim Country

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Hunting

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Elk, deer, bear, boar and mountain lion are all some of the featured hunts in the region surrounding the Pinal Mountains.

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Nature Photography

Photo Credit:  David Burba

The Pinal Mountains are somewhat of a secret in Arizona.  But if you want breathtaking beauty, this is your place!

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Special Events

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From fairs to rodeos to Native American dances to holiday celebrations, there is always something going on in the area.

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Camping

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Group sites, dispersed camping or RV camping...whatever your choose it is available in Arizona's Rim Country.

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Interpretive Centers

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Looking for a family outing that is full of fun, education and history.  Find it close by in Globe & Miami, Arizona.

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Fall Colors

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Come see the splendor & amazing color on display when the temperatures drop in the Pinal Mountains.