Ventana Canyon Trail

HARD 43 reviews
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Ventana Canyon Trail is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.

9.5 miles 3074 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
13 days ago

Great, hard hike but much longer than 9 miles - I clocked 12 and took about 6 hours, finishing up just after sunset (bring a light). I also carried 3L of water and used 95% of it. The view at the top is terrific, since you can see the city of Tucson as well as the other side of the Catalinas.

14 days ago

14 days ago

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21 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Incredible hike! Challenging both on the up and the down due to the rocks! We made it 12 KM up before we decided to turn around. Overall, a beautiful, fun and enjoyable hike! (PSA: Bring lot's of water and wear good footwear if you plan on hiking past 5 KM)

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great views and terrain.

hiking
3 months ago

Only walked into trail for a few miles, but really enjoyed it. We were staying in a condo right near the trailhead so going for a quick morning walk was wonderful. It was easy as far as we went, but apparently the further you go, the rougher it gets... But apparently well worth the trip. Hope to do the whole trail next time we're in Tucson.
September 2016

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3 months ago

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5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Be careful when in the canyon this time of year, I found quite a few snakes. Including a relatively docile 4' rattler who seemed to be living very near the trail - I actually almost stepped on him. Make sure to look for cairns they help to keep you on the trail.

7 months ago

Please be careful folks! Temp's right now are dangerous if not properly equipped. 2 folks just lost their lives on this trail this week.

That being said we've been hiking this trail off and on the last week or so. In the evenings it's pretty well shaded and a very comfortable hike. It was still 90s when we hiked with camelbacks but we're just fine. Watch out for fire ants and the occasional bobcat. One of my favorite local trails though.

8 months ago

8 months ago

nature trips
8 months ago

nice trail up a mile or two ull encounter water trickling down the lil Creek.

trail running
8 months ago

Very beautiful! Make sure you follow the little stone piles.

I run up to Ventana in about 2 hours. About 10k and 1200+ ascent. Using the app was crucial (previous day I got lost and tried to follow the river bed ... VERY hard). The trail is great for trail/sky running.

Very important to take water and food... Total time was about 5 hours all in all. I left 6:30 am, was nice and cool, but hot on the way down.

Absolutely beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

Most was straight up.

hiking
10 months ago

Scenery is always changing.