Butler Canyon Trail

Area Status: Open

This cool, verdant canyon has long been a favorite with tourists. Click here for printable information and map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open, with advisory TRAIL NOT CLEARED OF HAZARDS, USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: April into November, depending on snow
Restrictions: Horses and motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Water: Water in the creek and spring box is untreated, please bring your own.
Information Center: Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200
TTY: (928) 333-5397

General Information


From the Eagar stoplight, travel west on AZ Highway 260 for 9.6 miles to AZ Highway 373. Turn left (south) on AZ Highway 373 for 4 miles. Turn left on County Road 1121 and the trailhead parking is on the right.

General Notes:

The Butler Canyon Trail is a self-guided nature trail with numbered stations beside the trail. These stations correspond to descriptions in a pamphlet which is available at a sign-in station at the trailhead. Please return the pamphlet after you've finished with it so that others may use it. Interpretative lectures and walks are conducted here during the summer by a Forest Service Naturalist. Schedules are posted at Hoyer campground and at the Springerville Ranger Station


Limited (5-6 cars)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

This cool, verdant canyon has long been a favorite with tourists. It is particularly popular with seniors and families with young children because of the level grade of the trail and the interpretative stations. Its location in Greer makes it a convenient spot for the many visitors to this picturesque community. The trail travels up Butler Canyon for about one half mile, then crosses a small stream before looping back.

Butler Canyon was named for Jacob Butler, who settled here in the late 1880's with his nineteen children. Aquatic plants grow along the stream, which is shaded by alders and willows. Aspen, pine, spruce and fir line the canyon and provide nests for the many birds who make their home here. If you start your hike early enough, you may see wild turkeys, deer and coyotes as they come down canyon for a drink.

Best Season: April into November, depending on snow
Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1 mile, round trip

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  Elevation : 
8,350 feet