Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Trails in Saguaro

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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Cactus Garden Trail

The Cactus Garden Trail is located in front of the Red Hills Visitor Center. Interpretive signs will acquaint you with some of the common plants in the Tucson Mountain District. This paved trail is wheelchair accessible and offers resting benches throughout. Red Hills Visitor Center (520) ...

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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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Cam-Boh Trail

This trail runs parallel to Picture Rocks Road from Cam-Boh Picnic Area to the Ringtail Trail. As a major connection between the east and west parts of the Tucson Mountain District, the Cam-Boh Trail provides several loop opportunities for both equestrians and hikers. Red Hills Visitor Center (520) ...

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Deer Head Spring Trail

Length: 0.6 miles Hiking Time: 0.3 hours Highest point: 7500 feet Lowest point: 7280 feet Trail goes uphill From the junction the trail goes gently uphill through mixed oak/pine forest, passing through a few clearings overgrown with very tall ferns. There is also one small stand of aspen. At the far end of one of ...

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Desert Discovery Trail

You will find the trailhead to this self-guided nature trail on Kinney Road, 1 mile northwest of the Red Hills Visitor Center. Exhibits discuss the native plants, animals and ecology of the Sonoran Desert. This paved trail is wheelchair accessible and offers resting benches and shade ramadas. Red Hills Visitor ...

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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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Devils Bathtub Trail

Length: 1.2 miles Hiking Time: 0.5 hours Highest point: 7600 feet Lowest point: 7480 feet Trail goes uphill From the junction with the Manning Camp Trail the Devils Bathtub Trail contours along a slope with some minor gains and losses in elevation. Initially the trail is through pine forest, but then it changes to ...

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Douglas Spring Trail

The Douglas Spring Trailhead is located at the east end of Speedway Boulevard and is accessible 24 hours per day. Due to this easy access, vehicle break-ins have occurred at this trailhead. Do not leave valuables inside your vehicle visible or otherwise. Many wilderness users choose to have a friend ...

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East Slope Trail

Length: 0.2 miles Hiking Time: 0.1 hours Highest point: 7560 feet Lowest point: 7500 feet Trail goes uphill The trail start out climbing gently through underbrush, and then moves into open ponderosa forest. Very quickly you come to the Switchback trail which takes off to the right (west). This trail has a sign marking ...

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Fire Loop Trail

Length: 0.7 miles Hiking Time: 0.3 hours Highest point: 8240 feet Lowest point: 7920 feet Trail goes downhill This segment starts out almost flat, moving through an area of exposed rock near the top of the Rincons. It quickly begins to descend, however, though ponderosa forest, until you get down to wide bottom of ...

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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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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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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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Heartbreak Ridge Trail

Length: 0.7 miles Hiking Time: 0.3 hours Highest point: 8240 feet Lowest point: 7800 feet Trail goes uphill After the signed junction with the Switchback Trail the Heartbreak Ridge Trail climbs gently up a slope through Ponderosas, heading northwest. After about 5 or 10 minutes the trail levels out and contours along toward the ...

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