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Sweetwater Preserve

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Gorgeous place to hike!

Such a beautiful area! Lots of people out enjoying nature. The bikers we met up with were all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
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Perfect for us!

We hiked about 5 miles on a very well marked trail system. The trail is in good shape and there... read more

Reviewed February 14, 2019
Wilmington, Delaware
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4001 N Tortolita Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745-9418
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such a beautiful area! Lots of people out enjoying nature. The bikers we met up with were all courteous...we just pushed over to let them through. Bring water! FYI: no garbages to put your doggy poop bags afterwards. Really enjoyed the beautiful views. Fairly easy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 14, 2019 via mobile

We hiked about 5 miles on a very well marked trail system. The trail is in good shape and there are many options. An abundance of cactus. Not much elevation change but not flat - gentle hills. Beautiful landscape including wildflowers and only a few...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank davidwQ7527LZ
Reviewed January 24, 2019

This is a really lovely area that is close to town, offers numerous hiking trails of various lengths and spectacular views of the beautiful saguaro cactus, desert scapes and the nearby mountains. Hiking trails can be strung together to create a loop of whatever length...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank CMN14
Reviewed January 21, 2019

Trails are well marked and easy to navigate--but the place is spoiled by rude mountain bikers who think they own the trails. Would it hurt you to SLOW DOWN to give hikers a chance to step off the trail safely? Would it hurt you to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank LettieS466
Reviewed June 18, 2018

If active Arizona is your thing Sweetwater is a good option... had a nice trail run with a friend- some go fast on bikes and feet here so keep your head up!

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Jim S
Reviewed June 1, 2018

You want to see a lot of the big cacti? This is the place! Parts are more like a forest than a desert. In addition to the Saguaro, you'll also see a wide variety of other Sonoran fauna. I'd give it five stars, but I...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank montanapescado
Reviewed April 19, 2018

The trails are well-marked and relatively easy to navigate. The desert vegetation is fascinating including the suguaros, the ocotillos, the creosote bushes and more. There are excellent mountain views in every direction and it is possible to see all the way to downtown Tucson. We...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Brian S
Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful area, right in the suburbs of Tucson. We really love riding the Desperado loop because it flows so well. The other trails are more technical but have some great Saguaro Cactus to stop and take a Kodak moment. Many hikers every...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Schmagle
Reviewed August 21, 2017 via mobile

The sweet water preserve has some very fun trails that are technical but have young and old enjoying them. The Preserve is in the Tucson mountains and has some of the most beautiful display of desert to explore

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank nufevah
Reviewed April 9, 2017

Fun, scenic trails, cacti all around! Desperado loop was perfect for beginner level riders, Saguaro Vista was rockier and a little more challenging but great views and lots of fun, various loops to connect to, all well signed. Southwest Trekking met us at the trailhead...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Lee F
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Sue M
January 5, 2015|
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Response from FrequentTraveler696 | Reviewed this property |
This is a county park and they do not charge nor require a pass. If you go to the country website, there is a trail map that you can print, but the trail map sign at the trail head is much better because each of the... More