Trails, Parks & Recreation

The Arizona Trail

The Arizona National Scenic Trail passes just 6 miles west of San Manuel by road where it crosses Webb Road. It stretches from Utah to Mexico and is 800 miles long. The trail brings adventure to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.

San Manuel is a designated gateway community of The Arizona Trail and has a public use airport just 6.8 miles from the trail.

The American Flag Trailhead is just off Mount Lemmon Road onto American Flag Ranch Road about 3/10ths of a mile.

Coronado National Forest

This multi-segmented forest is both east and southwest of San Manuel. Find camping at Peppersauce Campground to the southwest. To the east is The Galiuro Wilderness. | Map

Santa Catalina Map (pdf) | Forest Service Maps | Fire Restrictions | Motor Vehicle Maps | Interactive Map

Oracle State Park

Hike on 15 miles of trails, find equestrian trails, bring a picnic and tour a historic ranch house. The park is a designated ‘dark sky’ area for stargazing. Also, it can accommodate group gatherings and hosts various events. Has an entrance fee.

Located at: 3820 Wildlife Drive, Oracle, Arizona 85623 (gate is on Mount Lemmon Rd) | Website | Facebook | Find Park Events | Astronomers Forecast | 520 896-2425

Birding At The San Pedro River

The San Pedro River area east of San Manuel is known as a hot spot for bird watching as accessed on primitive River Road. Be aware that the river area is primarily private land mainly owned by BHP (mining company).

Important Bird Areas – Lower San Pedro River | Article at

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

The Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness ‘west trailhead’ is 32 miles from San Manuel.

Permits must be purchased beforehand for this 19,410 acre wilderness area. Getting there: Go aproximately 9 miles north of Mammoth on 77, turn right onto Aravaipa Rd (same as college). It is then just over 12 miles on this mostly primitive road. (92805 E Aravaipa Rd, Winkelman, AZ 85192)

Webpage | BLM | On Google Maps | Info: 928 348-4400 | Permits: 877 444-6777

San Manuel City Park

The City Park in San Manuel has a kids playground, basketball court and when construction is completed will have picnic tables etc. Located near the San Manuel Community Center: 111 5th Avenue, San Manuel, AZ

Tennis Courts & Basketball Court

Multiple tennis courts and a basketball practice court are located at: 203 E Main San Manuel AZ