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Up close and personal with saguaro

A great hike through the desert in Tucson. Lots of uphill rocks and steps. Not for beginners... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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Like To Hike - Visiting Tucson - Try Pima Canyon

A very, very popular trail in the Catalina mountains on the north side of Tucson. Be warned the... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
Ernest M
Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great hike through the desert in Tucson. Lots of uphill rocks and steps. Not for beginners. Beautiful desert landscape. Just as difficult down as up but wear hiking boots lots of climbing over rocks. Loved this hike

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

A very, very popular trail in the Catalina mountains on the north side of Tucson. Be warned the parking lot is small and fills up early in the morning. On street parking is limited and mostly illegal unless you park some distance away and walk...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ernest M
Reviewed November 16, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful trail, with some elevation gain in the first 15 minutes, and lovely views. Gravelly and rocky trail but well marked and maintained. No facilities but good size parking lot at trail head and a water fountain. Well worth it!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

If you start hiking soon after the first morning light, this can be an be an enjoyable summer trail. Crucial to bring sufficient water even if you only hike in about 3 miles as our group did. Beautiful morning light. Important to watch for snakes...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LaO568
Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

This one way trail is of moderate difficulty but easy to follow. Plenty of parking at the trailhead. Poles were useful for us on the sometimes rocky surfaces.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank mgerhardt
Reviewed April 27, 2017

Hiked back to the Dam a few weeks ago. Had not been to Tucson for many years and was shocked at how development has encroached on the canyon entrance. It was a shame to see the old horse fence, that was meant to keep horses...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Reviewed March 28, 2017 via mobile

Go with eyes wide open and each time, you will see new things and wonderful surprises. The desert trail is a great hike and the surrounding landscape is full of so many different cacti and flowers of all shapes and sizes. The first time you...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Jen T
Reviewed March 17, 2017

This is a relatively easy 3 mile (one way) hike to an old forest service dam. More experienced hikers can go from here to Mt Kimball.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank tucsonsherwood
Reviewed February 13, 2017

Some nice views, not too difficult....After the monsoons, can be a little over grown...Not bad, but I like Sabino Canyon beter

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed January 25, 2017 via mobile

One of my favorite hiking spot in Tucson. The trail starts in the desert and goes through the canyon with tall tress and green vegetation. Well maintained trail. Make sure to carry enough water because you won't be able to refill your water bottles. It's...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Aaron H
November 13, 2018|
Response from LaO568 | Reviewed this property |
Depends on where you're traveling from. Look up on the Internet Pima Canyon trailhead and use Google Maps or MapQuest.
Travel Forum Posts
Hiking in Feb (13 Replies)
We will be in Tucson Feb 18-23. We like to hike and we go all day but I'm not into gratuitous hiking. I want a reward, and preferably along the way and not just at the end of the trail. I'd also like to get some variety in the hikes. I've been collecting suggestions for hikes such as Pima Canyon, Ventana Canyon, Finger Rock Canyon, Blackett's Ridge, Douglas Spring, Wasson Peak, Wrightson, Romero Pools, Seven Falls, Linda Vista, Atascosa Trail (1 1/2 hr from Tucson). Are these all unique...More
January 28, 2012|
Response fromcolinaz|
> Are these all unique type trails or are some similar enough to another trail that it's not worth doing both? They're all pretty different, but I can cross a few off if you're interested in the "reward." Mount Wrightson is a rough hike, and there's likely to be snow up there anyway at this time of year, so I would definitely exclude that one. Romero Pools and Seven Falls both offer some relatively close rewards in the way of water features. Blackett's Ridge might be the best for you,...More
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Tanque verde falls hike (9 Replies)
I read this is a popular hike but I've also read this is a hard path to follow about half way in....can anyone give any helpful hints how to find the path? Or any suggestions for a nice hike about 3-4 miles....we have done seven falls, Romero pools, phoneline trail, ventana canyon, and Pima canyon over the last year or so. I am hoping to fine something new but not extremely difficult. Thanks for any information!
November 02, 2016|
Response fromsadie090|
Thank you!
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Best hike? (14 Replies)
I know this has been discussed before but I am in a quandary. Sabino vs Catalina St Park vs Pima Canyon?. Or any other? Will be in Tucson the 6th of November and staying in downtown Tucson. We are looking for 10,000 steps plus. That is about an hour and a half or so. Don’t care about lift but would like the most unique sights.
October 24, 2018|
Response fromcolinaz|
Unique sights? Maybe Sabino. Pima and Sabino both have creeks but Sabino's tends to be running quite a bit after rain, and Tucson has had some very good rain recently. Pima's creek doesn't typically make it out of the canyon. There's really pretty terrain either way. Pima Canyon is also a "real" hike: whereas Sabino is a paved trail, Pima is a pretty rugged hike that traverses back and forth over some very rocky terrain and can be quite tough on the knees. The elevation gain isn't until much...More