Desert Tortoise Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews

Desert Tortoise Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles 331 feet Loop

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Very good hiking area with a good range of difficulty levels. Starts with a short climb from the parking lot and some reasonable elevation changes. Back side of loop fairly flat with another slope up to meet Dixie Loop for return. If you bring a dog, it better be very leash controlled due to close proximity of Cholla cactus on trail sides. Observed some Cholla "pears" loose on trail. Good hiker shoes with firm sole recommended due to rockiness.

28 days ago

Very clean trail area and people using the area were all polite and aware of mountain bikes sharing the trail. Staying on the Desert Tortoise Loop kept my heart rate up, but was not too taxing. Summer is over time to go back out.