EL PILAR AND BATHTUB SPRING RIDE
Saturday, January 27, 2019
Ride Time: 10:00 AM                 Rated: 4                Length: 4.5 hours

Coming Events

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CATALINA GREEN ROCK RIDE
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Ride Time: 10:00 AM Rated: 3.5 Length: 2.5-3 hours​

​DRAGOON MOUNTAIN CAMPOUT
April 5-7, 2019​

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Ride through lovely Catalina State Park to Green Rock and the waterfall. Depending on the watershed at the time of the ride there may be water in a wash or two that we will be crossing. Tailgate lunch following the ride. You bring your chairs and beverage. I’ll bring the Chili and hot dogs!


Directions: From Tucson go north on Oracle Road to Golder Ranch Road in Catalina. Go right (east) on Golder Ranch Road. The pavement will end at the top of the hill. Follow dirt road over the cattle guard and stay right. Go about a half mile and take the first right on Rollins Road. Rollins is an unmarked road but it is the first dirt road on your right. Follow Rollins to the top of the hill and go through the grey metal gate on the right just before the cattle guard. Do not go over the cattle guard. There is plenty of room for parking and easy turn around.


Ride Leader: Sally Janovec                                                                                                       Drag: Triesta Wunder  

​For those that want a longer camp ride they can come on April 4th (Thursday) and we can do a ride that day. Friday’s ride will be a short ride (1-2 hrs) riding out at 1:00-1:30 pm. This will be an easy ride. Saturday’s ride will be about 11 miles long with a lunch stop. This ride is rocky with climbing and stepping up and down over rocks/washes so it is probably rated a 4. Sunday’s ride will be about 8 miles long with some rocky areas but an easy ride rated a 3. There will be a potluck on Saturday night and hopefully we can have a campfire that night. I will prepare some kind of a meat dish or maybe two depending on the number of people. All other meals will be on your own. We will camp in the same place as last year but everyone will have to camp south of the windmill. We spoke with the rancher about camping by the windmill and he asked us not to camp there. There is a water trough close by and hopefully there is water in it for us. Be prepared and bring water for your horses and some kind of containment. There are not too many big trees south of the windmill for high-lining.


Directions: Take I-10 east from Tucson, exit 303 on to Highway 80. Drive Hwy 80 towards Tombstone. As you pass the Border Patrol Station on Hwy 80/82, it is a mile to the left turn on to Middlemarch Rd. Drive Middlemarch 10 miles to Forest Rd 687. Middlemarch is gravel for 9 miles so take it slow. I will try and put up a sign for the FSR 687 turn. Drive 1/3 of a mile on this road and then turn right towards the windmill. FSR 687 has two dips that are rocky. Just take it slow and you will get there. You should be able to see camp from Middlemarch road.
There are gas, diesel and other services at the Circle K in Tombstone if anyone wants. Circle K is at the top of the hill. There is gas at Ike’s around the corner from Circle K but they have no diesel. The turn into Circle K is awkward and the diesel pumps are very slow. Don’t worry about blocking traffic at Circle K. I do it all the time with the horse trailer. There is an Apache Market on the way out of town heading east on Hwy 80. They may get their fuel pumps going by April 2019 and they could have diesel. Access to their pumps is easier.


If people have any questions they may call me or text Lil Leclerc on cell at 520-254-2830 or call the house and talk with hubby Jim 520-642-3871. There is cell phone service at the campsite.​

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Join Bonnie and Steve for a ride to El Pilar and Bathtub Spring. It is a scenic ride with some climbs or other trail challenges and your equine should be in good condition. Hopefully, there will be horse water on the trail. Be in the saddle and ready to leave the trailhead west of Apache Spring Ranch at 10:00 am. We will eat lunch on the trail. It will be an in and out ride.


Directions: I-10 to the Sonoita exit (MP281), Highway 83 south to Gardner Canyon Road. Take Gardner Canyon Road about 5.75 miles and past Apache Spring Ranch to the Arizona Trail trailhead on your right. Gardner Canyon Road is usually rough so allow enough time. RSVP if you wish so you will be notified if the ride is postponed due to weather or other issues.


Leaders: Steve Pferdeort 520-444-5348 and Bonnie Slaten 520-241-9152

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