Saguaro National Park

Garwood Loop

(5.3 miles round trip) Begin at the Douglas Spring Trailhead Time: 4 hours Elevation Gain: 730 feet Take the Douglas Spring Trail to the Garwood Trail and turn right. Watch for saguaros with holes and the birds that make them: Gila woodpeckers and gilded flickers. Stay on the Garwood Trail all the way south ...

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Freight Wagon Loop

(3.5 miles round trip) Begin at the Wildhorse Trailhead Time: 2 hours Elevation Gain: 100 feet From the Wildhorse Trailhead, proceed south on the Wildhorse Trail to the Freight Wagon Trail and turn right. As you cross the Wentworth Trail, look left and right to see the remains of an old airstrip used by the ...

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Loma Verde Loop

(3 miles round trip) Begin at the Loma Verde Trailhead Time: 2 hours Elevation Gain: 60 feet From the Loma Verde Trailhead, take the Loma Verde Trail north through a grove of mature mesquite trees. Beyond a large, sandy wash you?ll climb a bluff onto the bajada, the Spanish word for a gravel plain at the base ...

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Mica View Loop

(2 miles round trip) Begin at the Mica View Picnic Area Time: 1 hour From the Mica View Picnic Area, go north on the Mica View Trail. Look carefully to see many young saguaros under their palo verde ?nurse trees?. Turn right on the Shantz Trail and another quick right on the ...

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Cactus Forest Trail

(2.5 mile one way inside loop drive) For an easy walk, head out on this multi-use trail (hikers, livestock and bicycles) to the lime kilns historic site. Starting from the north trailhead, it is a 2 mile round trip walk; from the south trailhead 3 miles round trip. This 2.5 ...

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Desert Ecology Trail

(1/4 mile round trip on paved trail) An easy stroll through the desert beside Javelina Wash. Signs along the way will introduce you to the plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert ?home?. This trail is wheelchair accessible. Visitor Center (520) ...

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Freeman Homestead Trail

(1 mile round trip) Wander down this path to an old homestead site and a grove of large saguaros, including a thirty-armed giant. Interpretive signs along the way will take you deeper into the meaning of this ?home in the desert.? The signs also suggest special exploration activities for youngsters. Visitor ...

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Cactus Wren Trail

The Cactus Wren trail runs from the corner of Sandario Road and Rudasill Road to Signal Hill Picnic Area. This area is fairly flat and crosses several washes. Livestock are prohibited on the Cactus Wren Trail south of the Encinas Trail. Red Hills Visitor Center (520) ...

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Sweetwater Trail

The Sweetwater Trail is the only access to Wasson Peak from the eastern side of the Tucson Mountains. The trailhead is located at the western end of El Camino del Cerro Road. The trail climbs 3.4 miles to a ridge where it ends at the King Canyon Trail. To ...

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Ringtail Trail

The Ringtail Trail provides access to numerous trails in the eastern part of the Tucson Mountain District. Several different loop opportunities exist using CamBoh Trail, Mule Deer Trail, Ironwood Forest Trail or Picture Rocks Wash Trail. The terrain varies from fairly level, to gently rolling to moderately steep. Use ...

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