Tanque Verde Ridge Trail

HARD 8 reviews
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Tanque Verde Ridge Trail is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, AZ that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

20.3 miles 6000 feet Out & Back





nature trips


wild flowers


no dogs

6 months ago

Pretty gradual incline. Great views. And lots of nature to see. Go as far as you want. Great sunset spot down to the left before finishing the trail. Last time we even saw a great Gila Monster!

9 months ago

Great trail that offers views of Mt. Lemon, Mt. Rincon, and Tucson.

1 year ago

Pleasant. Beautiful scenery, flora & fauna. I was hiking with a group of seniors and everyone enjoyed it.

1 year ago

Great Trail! Start early and enjoy walking the ridgeline. Every elevation gain yields another amazing view

1 year ago

great trail

well maintained climb is steady so you make better time than normal

go thru many different eco zones

1 year ago

A long, tough trail with awesome views and solitude in abundance - all just minutes from Tucson. Stay overnight at Juniper Basin (permit required) for the full experience.

3 years ago

Tanque Verde Ridge is a great hike. It is very strenuous uphill going, downhill coming. Great views of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges as well as the Sonoran Desert. You can hike up as far as you like or are able and head back down. A good day hike for strong hikers is to hike to Juniper Basin Campground, have lunch and head back. There is no reliable water on this hike so make sure you bring plenty. Any water should be treated. Doing the hike to Juniper Basin CG and back is a 13.8 mile round trip.

4 years ago

First, I did not take this trail all the way to Tanque Verde Peak. I stopped and turned around at Juniper Camp. The views of Tucson are gorgeous from this trail. The elevation is low to start, so do not do this trail in the summer and always wear sunscreen. Also, the ridge does not have any trees until you go behind the first range, so watch the wind. The day I went up was rather windy and took away from the experience. There is very little water and very little traffic (I saw two people), so come well prepared. Juniper Camp is a nice place to stop for lunch and turn around. Recommended for good city views.