Texas Canyon Nature Preserve at Amerind

Texas Canyon Nature Preserve

Trails | Vacation Rentals | Outdoor Programs

Nature lovers, photographers, artists, writers, and everyone can now enjoy Amerind’s natural wonderland in the heart of Cochise County. 

Trail System and Picnic Area

The Amerind Museum campus is located among 1,900 acres of the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve. At the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve at Amerind, visitors will discover eight miles of scenic trails among striking iconic boulders, oak and mesquite grasslands, and protected wildlife. Enjoy a walk or hike through a breathtaking sculpture garden of towering spires and balanced rocks, abundant native plants and birds, and the solitude of the high desert. A secluded picnic area with picnic tables and accessible restrooms also offers a quiet retreat.

Opened fall 2023, the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve’s eight-mile self-guided trail system now offers Amerind visitors access to leisurely enjoy our private property for the first time in our nearly 90-year history. There are four trailheads with walking paths that are moderate in difficulty and approachable to most hikers. Visitors can choose comfortable distances that work best for them given their available time and abilities. Community members can look forward to even more Nature Preserve inspiration and learning experiences in the future with interpretive signage and additional outdoor programming.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Trails are open Tuesday through Sunday, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Amerind’s main property gates are closed promptly at 5:00 PM.
  • Access to trails is closed during wildfire season for public safety (April 23 to July 5).
  • VISITORS MUST CHECK IN AT THE AMERIND MUSEUM FRONT DESK. To help keep everyone safe on our private property, hikers are asked to complete a liability waiver and provide contact information with each visit to the Nature Preserve trails.
  • Admission for trail access is separate and additional to the Museum & Art Gallery admission.
  • Daily admission for trail access only: $12 per person. Daily admission for both trails and the museum: $20 per person.
  • Discounted admission rates are available for seniors, students, youth, and groups, with Native Americans, children under 10, and Veterans always free.
  • No pets are allowed. Certified and trained service dogs are allowed.
  • Smoking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding are prohibited.

Visit our General Information page for more details on things to know ahead of your visit, admission and hours.

Contact the Amerind Museum at 520-586-3666 or [email protected].

Become a Nature Club Member

Enjoy unlimited trail access during regular hours for an entire year! Visit our membership page to learn more.

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We're in Arizona Highways

Read about Amerind’s multi-year efforts to open this natural wonder to the public.

Support the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve

Community members charitably gave over $280,000 to build the trail system and Nature Preserve improvement plans. This transformative community generosity opened up our breathtaking property for you and visitors. Thank you, trail supporters!

Interested in supporting the Nature Preserve and being a part of our trails?
Select naming opportunities remain available for benches along the path and at a main picnic area trailhead display. Contact Kelly Holt at 520-686-6172 or [email protected] for additional information.

Interested in volunteering to help maintain the new trail system?
Contact [email protected].

Host Your Next Private Event at the Picnic Area

Reserved in advance, the Texas Canyon Nature Preserve picnic area is available for special events.

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