JEWEL OF THE CREEK trails and parking area will CLOSE Friday, April 3rd at 4pm until further notice.
With recent severe overcrowding and narrow trails, our beloved Jewel is not conducive for following CDC recommendations, especially social distancing. Please understand, our concern is for the health and safety of our visitors. The Jewel will be there for everyone when the dust settles, and we want to ensure all of our friends and families will be too.
As of right now, other, less crowded DFLT preserves and trails remain open.
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area will also remain open, with some restrictions. Please click here for more info on their website.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. Stay safe and be well.
Desert Foothills Land Trust understands that now, more than ever, our communities are seeking places to explore outside; however, this is placing high-volume and crowding at the parking areas and the trails. If you are planning a visit, please expect extremely busy conditions and always follow the guidelines issued by the CDC. For your safety and that of others, please turn around and seek adventure elsewhere if the parking area is full. A full parking area means the preserve is at full capacity. Give your land a hand and practice responsible stewardship of your beautiful open spaces.
DFLT would also like to remind everyone that the following guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) remain in place:
***First and foremost, please stay home if you are sick.
Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than ten (10) people.
Ensure that there is six feet between you and the next person.
Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
Avoid touching your face.
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
If you are planning a visit to a DFLT Preserve, please remember to:
Bring ample water for you, and all members of your party. Do not share water bottles.
Ensure all members of your party are dressed in recreation attire (ie, hats, hiking shoes, etc.).
Be certain to have enough sunscreen.
Always pack out your own trash to protect employees and other hikers.
NOTE: Our area of expertise is outdoor conservation, not infectious diseases, we are asking that you visit the following websites for information on COVID-19. Information is very fluid right now and, at times, only being released on social media accounts so please don't discount these resources.
If you have questions or concerns, please email us at email@example.com. Future updates and changes will be posted on this page.
Since 1991, Desert Foothills Land Trust has protected nearly 750 acres on 25 preserves. Many of these preserves are open to the public for recreation. Others are privately owned and protected by conservation easement. Access to these properties is by permission of the landowner and Land Trust only. We ask that you leave all preserves as you found them. We also love to hear about your experiences and see your photos of the preserves - please feel free to forward those to us!
Please note that we do not permit the harvest of any plants, animals or minerals on our preserves. These preserves are managed as habitat for wildlife and as recreational resources for future generations. The wildlife of our region depend on the seasonal bounty of our desert fruits, insects and other creatures use downed cactus and branches, and even leaving rocks in place will allow future visitors to experience the natural environment as we do today. We do occasionally permit researchers or other partners to conduct localized harvests of such things as saguaro fruit for conservation purposes. However, even then, over-ripe and green fruits remain on the saguaros for wildlife use and natural saguaro propagation. Permission for such uses must be obtained in advance from the Land Trust.
Thank you for respecting the conservation of our critical natural resources!
Join our Docents to learn about the natural and cultural history of some of your Land Trust's beautiful preserves! Guided preserve tours are free, although we would love for hikers to consider joining us as a supporter, too.
Registration for guided hikes is required. Please use our online registration links on the events page to register, or call us at 480-488-6131. This allows us to share the meeting location, directions, special instructions or cancellations with you.
Preserves Open to the Public
You are always welcome to enjoy our trails at the Jewel of the Creek Preserve, PA Seitts Preserve at Go John Canyon and Saguaro Hill. Several other preserves are also open to the public, although with limited parking or trail access. See the individual preserve pages for additional information. Preserves are open year round, dawn to dusk.