Golder Ranch Parking Area

Golder Ranch Parking Area. July 2016.
Golder Ranch Parking Area. July 2016.

Overview

Location

Driving Time and Distance

  • 40 Minutes from Speedway and Campbell
  • 21.3 miles from Speedway and Campbell
  • Vehicle Access: Passenger Car/Paved Roads/Short Section of Passenger Car Friendly Dirt Road - take care pulling into the parking area, the entrance to the parking area is sometimes in rough condition.

Fees and Services

  • Fee: No (There is no fee required at the parking area but the surrounding land is State Trust Land where a permit is required.)
  • Restrooms: No
  • Water: No

Additional Notes

    The directions/mileage given here are for the largest/most popular/easiest to reach Golder Ranch area parking - there are other parking areas along the dirt roads in the area, some of which require high-clearance/4wd vehicles to reach.

Driving Directions

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Golder Ranch Parking Area.

Quick version:

  • North on Campbell (3.5 miles)
  • Left on River Road (2.2 miles)
  • Right on Oracle/AZ-77 (13.7 miles)
  • Right on East Golder Ranch Road (1.9 miles)
  • Just before the parking area the pavement ends and the road bends to the right, the unsigned parking area is a large dirt area on the right (the parking area is before the cattle guard).

Driving Directions - Map

Google Maps Directions from the Speedway and Campbell intersection in Tucson to Golder Ranch Parking Area

Resources

With the dirt roads in the area there are a number of other parking possibilities in the area – be careful if ‘exploring’ in this area, the land ownership in the area is a mix of private, state and federal land. There are two notable parking areas – one to the north, one to the south, that are best accessed with a high clearance vehicle – road conditions vary quite a bit and may be quite a bit rougher than you would expect so close to homes and major roads, take care!

  • North: Instead of pulling into the main parking area turn left to take E Equestrain Trail northeast to a junction with FR642 (Baby Jesus Ridge Road) at a corral. At the junction take a right – because this area is used as a parking area you may have to look carefully to find where FR642 leaves the corral area – from here proceed as far as you feel comfortable – there is a good access point near the forest border.

The corral at the junction of FR642 and Equestrain Trail road (FR462 leaves to the left) - there is additional parking along FR462 although a high clearance vehicle is required (potentially 4wd depending on conditions/distance). July 2016.
The corral at the junction of FR642 and Equestrain Trail road (FR462 leaves to the left) - there is additional parking along FR462 although a high clearance vehicle is required (potentially 4wd depending on conditions/distance). July 2016.

  • South: Instead of pulling into the main parking area stay right, across a cattle guard, to continue south on Golder Ranch Road. At a Y junction turn right onto FR 648 (Cargodera Canyon Road) and take that to the a large sandy parking area at the Forest Boundary – this is also the boundary of Santa Catalina State Park (Fee Area).

Pusch Ridge - taken from E Equestrian Trail road north of the Golder Ranch Parking Area. July 2016.
Pusch Ridge - taken from E Equestrian Trail road north of the Golder Ranch Parking Area. July 2016.

All Trailheads - Map

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Santa Catalina Mountains - Trailheads

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Agua Caliente Hill South Trailhead: 32.274321, -110.712042
American Flag Trailhead: 32.580837, -110.720361
Avenida de Suzenu Trailhead: 32.298201, -110.730737
Babad Do\'ag Observation Site and Trailhead Parking: 32.309311, -110.720727
Bear Canyon Trailhead: 32.300779, -110.802350
Bigelow Trailhead: 32.409781, -110.713268
Box Camp Trailhead: 32.419668, -110.739977
Bug Spring Trailhead: 32.345101, -110.718245
Upper Butterfly Trailhead: 32.427277, -110.740810
Catalina State Park Trailhead: 32.425211, -110.908883
Charouleau Gap Trailhead: 32.520380, -110.884755
Davis Spring Trailhead: 32.457276, -110.637932
Golder Ranch Road Parking Area: 32.474823, -110.892434
Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site End of the Road Parking Circle: 32.336230, -110.719862
Gordon Hirabayashi Recreation Site Upper Parking Area: 32.339662, -110.717267
Hairpin Turn: 32.311623, -110.742468
Incinerator Ridge Parking Area: 32.411710, -110.705315
Iris Dewhirst Pima Canyon Trailhead: 32.353367, -110.948284
Linda Vista Trailhead: 32.380712, -110.961143
Lizard Rock Parking Pullout: 32.382799, -110.694588
Lower Green Mountain Trailhead: 32.374255, -110.690398
Marshall Gulch Trailhead: 32.428054, -110.755743
Milepost 0: 32.304094, -110.745165
Mint Spring Trailhead: 32.440167, -110.766155
Molino Basin Parking Area: 32.337338, -110.690988
Mount Bigelow Butterfly Trailhead: 32.415841, -110.714039
Oracle Ridge Trailhead: 32.451491, -110.754335
Palisade Trailhead: 32.407339, -110.719898
Red Ridge Trailhead: 32.448284, -110.769479
Richard McKee Finger Rock Trailhead: 32.336174, -110.910111
Ridgeline Parking Pullout: 32.405573, -110.699480
Sabino Canyon Visitor Center: 32.309540, -110.823065
San Pedro Vista: 32.400287, -110.690083
Soldier Trail Trailhead: 32.308865, -110.735603
Mount Lemmon Recreation Area: 32.440483, -110.785733
Sunset Trailhead: 32.427543, -110.741826
Upper Green Mountain Trailhead: 32.397796, -110.689435
Ventana Canyon Trailhead: 32.327884, -110.852938
Lower Oracle Ridge Trailhead: 32.604757, -110.757670
Italian Spring Trailhead: 32.306189, -110.574231
The Lake Trailhead: 32.321015, -110.620599
Summit Trailheads: 32.441073, -110.783767
Redington Pass Backcountry Touring Area: 32.306522, -110.609590

Update Notes

  • 2017/8/5 – Img Srcset update, added information about the North/South parking areas