The Arizona Trail | American Flag Trailhead
The Arizona Trail passes west of San Manuel bringing adventure to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. The trail is 800 miles long and stretches from Utah to Mexico. San Manuel is a designated gateway community of The Arizona Trail.
The trail crosses Webb Rd just 6 miles west of San Manuel. To get to the American Flag Trailhead go northwest from the gas station in San Manuel about 8/10 of a mile on Veterans Memorial Blvd and turn left onto Webb Road. Then go 6 miles and turn left onto Mount Lemmon Road. Proceed 6/10ths of a mile and make a right onto American Flag Ranch Road and in about 3/10ths of a mile you will see The Arizona Trail portal. | Map | On Google Maps
Just 10 miles west of San Manuel is Arizona’s longest zipline tours with 5 spans of 400′ to 1500′. Their onsite Peppersauce Station Kitchen serves a crafted menu. They also have a general store, gold panning, expansive porch area and short trails. Zipline tours are by reservation.
Biosphere 2 is a University of Arizona research facility for studying ecosystems and includes a rain forest. It was originally built as a sealed self-sustaining environment to research and develop space colonization technology. Guided tours are offered. Many areas of the complex are wheelchair accessible. The facility also hosts conferences.
Peppersauce Cave is located 2.2 miles south of Peppersauce Campground on Mount Lemmon Road. You will see the road abruptly turn left there. A short distance up the wash is the cave’s sign. About 25′ past the sign is a very short path and climb immediately to the cave entrance. It’s a non-commercial ‘at own risk’ site with no guides or services. | SkyAboveUs | Wikipedia Article | On Google Maps
Located 23 miles to the north on highway 77, the casino features a large variety of video slot machines and live blackjack. Full bar and food venues.