Section 4: Nogales to Douglas


Day 46-48

0 miles


It’s a strange feeling to get a Lyft pickup at a national park. Feels unnatural. But there were no other cars or places to camp the night we got to the Coronado National Forest and we had to make our way to town. Claire’s dad was coming out to join us for two weeks and we needed to figure out the complicated logistics of the next 200 miles. It was 70 miles to the next chunk of public land and we certainly weren’t up to doing it all in a day.


This wasn’t our most streamlined set of zero days.

The San Pedro Valley stretches across a wide chunk of the border and we wasted a lot of time trying to figure out how to get around. Hmm?

The hotel and food options were extremely limited and not very walkable. The Motel 6 we finally found didn’t have WiFi. Despite meeting all these great people over the last couple days we’re feeling a little ragged and unfocused. It’s a good thing we’ve got help on the way!


Kris arrived on the third day that we’d been in town and seriously pumped up our flagging spirits. He had energy and enthusiasm and lots of interesting stories from his own adventurous life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. There’s no obvious way to backpack through this section, and Kris stepped up and offered to drop us off and pick us back up at the end of the day, even though that meant a lot of boring time in town and in the car for him. We love you!! Beer tonight, hiking tomorrow!