The Hereford Bridge Trail is a portion of the long-distance San Pedro Trail
offering visitors a diverse experience while traveling adjacent to the San Pedro River and into the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. A delight to the senses, the diversity of birds, vegetation, and landscape features, will make this trip a journey worth savoring. Adjacent to the grasslands, the Fremont cottonwood-Goodding willow riparian forest is the most extensive riparian ecosystem remaining in the southwest. The BLM has protected this riparian habitat and the wildlife communities that thrive here, along with enhancing the opportunities for recreation, cultural interpretation, and education.
It is possible to hike from the Hereford Bridge all the way to the San Pedro House which is about ten miles along the river. A loop hike is possible by walking the old road bed north to Hunter Wash, then east to the river and back south back to Hereford Bridge. The total distance of the loop is about eight miles.
From Sierra Vista, travel south on Highway 92 for 5 miles. Turn left onto East Hereford Road and travel east for approximately 9 miles until you arrive at the Hereford Bridge parking area.
Hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, and bird watching.
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area harbors over 100 species of breeding birds and provides invaluable habitat for another 250 species of migrant and wintering birds. Located between the Huachuca and Mule Mountains, and adjacent to Mexico, the area attracts a myriad of bird species from a wide variety of vegetative life-zones. The area also has a huge variety of wildlife, including mammals, reptiles, and fish.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
Motorized travel, including motorized mountain bikes, is not permitted on the trail. Permits are required for overnight camping, and are available seven days a week from the "self service pay stations" at all visitor parking areas. The permit fee is $2.00 per person per night, and camping is limited to seven consecutive nights in any one location, unless otherwise authorized. Day use throughout the NCA is free; no permit is required.
Cutting of any standing tree or brush is prohibited. However, dead wood lying on the ground can be used for campfires in designated areas. Visitors are encouraged to use portable camp stoves instead of open campfires.
A four-wheel drive vehicle or high clearance vehicle is not necessary to access the trailhead parking area. Motorized use is not allowed on the Hereford Bridge Trail. The trail does not currently have wheel chair accessible features.
Camping and Lodging
Overnight camping is allowed in backcountry areas, but not in parking areas. A designated backcountry camping area is available 3 ½ miles north of the trailhead, at the confluence of Miller Canyon and the San Pedro River. Hotel accommodations are available in Sierra Vista.
Food and Supplies
Gasoline, food and supplies are available in Sierra Vista.
The nearest emergency care is available in Sierra Vista, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center.
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
4070 South Avenida Saracino
Hereford, AZ 85615
Manager: Vi Hillman
3201 E. Universal Way
Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 258-7200