Foothills Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns Trail

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Foothills Loop Trail at Kartchner Caverns Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Benson, AZ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles 582 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers




washed out

We loved hiking in and out of the Guindani Wash just barely moving from the recent monsoon. Very muddy but really fun for those who are new to hiking.

1 year ago

1 year ago

Enjoyable loop with enough up-and-down to get the muscles working. The view from the Mountaintop View spur is terrific, and well-worth the detour. I hiked the loop from the campground in a clockwise direction, and covered the loop with spur, plus a few stops for photos, in two hours.

There are numerous rest stops along the trail, with benches placed for convenient breaks. Metal plates with numbers are near most of these, and I think they may correspond to a self-guided tour. A short distance from the Visitor Center is a location with a couple of "bedrock mortars," left over from when the native people of the region ground local plants into flour at the location.

2 years ago

Nice hike, ended with the cavern tour--take it!

3 years ago

Loved it! Quick 2.5 mile hike before we headed to the airport in Tucson, AZ to fly home. Gorgeous, clear 75 degree day with the most amazing panoramic views!

4 years ago

Very fun hiking in and out of the Guindani Wash! So much fun for kids to just get a little dirty.