Valle Verde

One-way Distance: 1.3 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
MTB Skill level:
Elevation: 1711 - 1860 feet
Cellphone: 3-5 bars
Time: 45 mins.
Trailhead: Desert Vista
Fee: none
Attractions: Green Valley

The Valle Verde trail is located in the Southern Area of the Sonoran Preserve in Phoenix, Arizona. The upper end of the trail begins off of the Dixie Mountain Loop where it drops down into a small green valley that it crosses before coming to an end at the Great Horned Owl Loop. Enroute it is connected to by the Desert Tortoise and Cactus Wren trails.

The Desert Vista trailhead is located at 1900 West Desert Vista Trail. There are restrooms and water available at the trailhead.

This post begins at the Great Horned Owl Loop end of the trail and follows it to the Dixie Mountain Loop.

The trail starts out on a hard packed surface that takes an easy route across the valley floor.

After going a little over a quarter mile it comes to its junction with the Cactus Wren trail.

From there the trail continues heading toward Dixie Mountain.

Near the three quarter mile point from the Great Horned Owl Loop the Valle Verde trail passes its junction with the Desert Tortoise trail.

After passing the Desert Tortoise junction the trail begins gradually climbing.

As the trail gets into its last quarter mile the climb becomes much steeper and there are one or two spots where there are some loose rocks.

At the 1.3 mile point the Valle Verde trail reaches the Dixie Mountain Loop and comes to an end. From here it is about 8 tenths of a mile to the trailhead.

The trip back to the trailhead from the upper end of the Valle Verde trail is an all downhill event. For hikers a common loop is made by taking the Desert Tortoise trail from where it departs off of the Hawks Nest and then heading up Valle Verde and on around to the trailhead. The loop comes out to about 2.7 miles counting the section of the Hawks Nest that ends up getting done twice. Mountain bikers will find the Valle Verde trail easier going in the opposite direction from what we just described although we were riding it when we took the photos for this post, and having already done 10 miles of trail, we had no trouble going the way that we did. For those that would like to see it for themselves all they have to do is grab their bikes or 'Take a hike'.