Explore the most popular No Dogs trails in Sabino Canyon Recreational Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Planned to do this hike today but there is no water at the falls. You can cut the trail length in half by taking the shuttle from the visitor center to the trail head for a 10$ per person fee rather than walk from the visitor center.

just completed it in 2.5 hours. the climb is brutal but the view at the top is totally worth it. take plenty of water, I had 1.5L with me and it wasn't enough. refill possible at restroom along the way. watch for snakes!...

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rocky
1 day ago

We started early (6:45am) and had enough shade until the sun came over the canyon wall, so the temperatures were really comfortable. There were some wildflowers, and we saw one snake (that didn’t appear to be a rattler) in the tall grass toward the end of the trail about half a mile before the switchbacks down to the end of the tram road. Overall this is just a really unique trail to do again and again.

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fee
no shade
6 days ago

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6 days ago

Beautiful trail!! One of my absolute favorite trails to hike in Arizona! Early on, the barrel cactus had their crowns on display. The cholla and sahuaro are quite beautiful too! I actually took a left on the paved road near the first stop and ended up on the Sabino Canyon Dam trail. From there, took the Phoneline connector to the Phoneline trail. There is some elevation gain getting up onto the trail and then it flattens out. The trail is narrow with significant drop-offs so I do not think this is a good trail for children. The sahuaro here are impressive. In my opinion, Sabino Canyon is the best place to view the sahuaro, even better than Sahuaro National Park. As for trail traffic, I only saw one other hiker out on the trail. Of course, I went on a Monday afternoon with monsoon clouds looming. Luckily, I made it down to catch the last tram of the day before it left. Those monsoon clouds brought thunder and lightening and a downpour! Not something I was willing to risk with 7 bridges and 4 miles left to complete. I have seen the bridges on the tram road flood. No bueno! FYI: the tram accepts credit card payments onboard ($5) and if you have an America The Beautiful Annual Pass, then the parking is free!

on Phoneline Trail

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6 days ago

Actually walked to bridge, dam and back up to Tram Rd and Rec Ctr and then home. Need to add 20 min for 1st mile from home to Sabine Canyon. Good to get moving again!

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fee
8 days ago

cool little trail part of much bigger loops. good for kids and adults of all ages. they have shuttles if you are feeling frisky you can catch a shuttle back down the longer/harder trails if needed. the dam had some running water today (9.14.19) but apparently none of the other spots did yet.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
14 days ago

This was a challenging but fairly good trail to hike. Very Rocky and need to have lots of water and good pair of shoes. Very beautiful views and amazing wildlife. the pools have tons of fish so if you not scared to swim with them they will nibble on you.

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20 days ago

Steep at times. It’s right on the ledge of the canyon and can thing out a lot towards the end. Moderate the perfect description.

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21 days ago

Hot. Very hot. over 100 degrees by the end and nearly no shade. I went up the Bear Canyon side and saw zero water crossings. Absolutely beautiful around the Arizona trail. Thunderstorm rolled in at the end. It was a great cool-off but slowed me down.

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22 days ago

Road to phone line to road back to blacketts. Up and down and back to the car!

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no shade
rocky
23 days ago

This was an amazing hike and the views are stunning - well worth the challenge. It starts off unassuming but quickly turns moderate and then as it gets steep, I'd rate it as hard if you are a hiker who's in shape and on the low-end of strenuous if you aren't. I love to hike difficult terrain and found the heat with no shade to be the most brutal part of this hike. There are no real dangerous drop offs unless you go off trail. This hike is certainly achievable for anyone as long as you take breaks. If you are hiking in hot weather like I was, don't underestimate how much water you will need. I took 3L and used almost all of it. In fact, I started to worry that I'd run out. I also took a long route down and around the north side into the canyon to see other parts of the area. If you do take that route, there are shelters with bathrooms and water should need water like I almost did.

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rocky
27 days ago

Awesome view at the top but it is very strenuous and definitely isnt a late morning/ midday summer hike haha. I hike a lot but got really exhausted doing it at 9am. Cool wildlife and plenty of cacti. A bit crowded for my liking and you have to get out of the way of others a lot when it is busy. Restrooms are nice though

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no shade
27 days ago

Very easy hike, flat and little incline. End of August little rain so all the pools weren’t filled/running however, water was nice and refreshing. Great views the entire way up and back. Careful for rattlesnakes! Bring lots of water!

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rocky
28 days ago

Doing during the summer you better have plenty of water and take a good break at the falls enjoy it cause the walk back to the car never seemed so far away got home and past out for 3 hours heat exhaustion damn but worth it so worth 1st trail I’ve ever done saw lots of cool stuff there’s a snake in one of the ponds so watch out be safe folks

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private property
1 month ago

I really enjoyed the trail but I hoped for more shade. Started at 5:30 am in August and saw full sun by 7. Phoneline stays shaded longer so if it's really hot, go there. Excellent trail but not when the day's high is 105. No regrets.

There are a few places where the trail cuts across the wash and you need to keep eyes peeled for trail markers. At one of the early crossings in particular I was glad to have my downloaded map at hand! Nice maintained trail, and water in the pools at seven falls in August. It was nice to take a dip before returning back. Definitely bring snacks and plenty of water, I passed more than one person run out or nearly run out of water on the trail!

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1 month ago

Great trail. Great for running

Awesome trail, I see something new every time...

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rocky
1 month ago

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no shade
1 month ago

Good easy/moderate trail. This time of year (August) there is no flowing water, so not quite as pretty as it would be at other parts of the year. No shade by late morning though, bring 3L of water and shoes with good ankle support. I am a experienced hiker and it took me 3.5 hours round trip with about a 30 minute break at the top.

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