Explore the most popular birding trails in Saguaro National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great loop drive! You can spend an hour or all day...

Took kings canyon trail up to Wasson Peak and took this trail down to golden gate road , where we had a ride pick us up and take us back to vehicle at kings canyon entrance , this was a lot of fun to go this way, provided you have a ride. I will do this trail from beginning to end soon instead though.

backpacking
6 days ago

Beautiful trail, loved how I could watch the vegetation change with the elevation. I did this with my pack and camped at Juniper Basin. Definitely cold and subject to cloud cover this time of year (December), but no one else was out there so I had Tanque Verde peak to myself.

Nice short hike. Lots to see. It’s more of an easy trail.

hiking
13 days ago

With medium-sized kids, I'd really rate this "moderate" rather than "easy". There was a fair amount of whining on the way up, and I did end up carrying both of their hydration backpacks because "IT'S TOOO HARD!!!".

With that being said, the hike was manageable because the trail is so short (1 mile up) and the view is a great pay-off at the end. Speaking of "the end," I'm not sure we made it to the very end. We stopped where the trail plateaued (1 mile in) with a sweeping view of the valley. But I could see a much narrower beaten path that seemed to go on a little higher. There was no bribe large enough to get the kids to check it out, though. Oh well...maybe next time.

A short, easy, well marked trail; perfect for what it is. You won’t break much of a sweat, but you’ll see plenty of big Saguaros and catch some great views along the way.

Great hike. Did the detour to the top of the peak for fabulous views.

We only went up for 3.5 miles from Javelina Picnic area but it took us a long time because we had to admire and photograph all the beautiful flowers and grasses along the trail, not to mention the view. It’s inexorably upward but there are plenty of switchbacks. There is no shade, but in mid-November, the exposure was reasonable with a wide brim hat and sunscreen. It is a delightful trail.

Awesome hike. Tough at times but not too bad. Great views.

Nice easy trail. Plenty of views and shade.

on Ridge View Trail

23 days ago

very nice Trail. you can take it out to a ridge and it's really nice place to sit down

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike for first timers, takes some navigating but is easy to figure out. Highly recommended!

This is not an easy hike. I would say more moderate. Although we went up the Douglas Spring side so we did the 1300ft of elevation gain in 2 miles instead of 4.

Beautiful scenery. We saw lots of wildflowers, butterflies, birds, and even a couple deer. I would love to go back when there is water in the spring. There is also a crested saguaro near a wash kind of close to where the dam is. We probably would have missed it if we weren't going the opposite direction.

Fun run, great sunsets.

Love this trail because it alternates between flat and easy to rocky and difficult. Rather than the same terrain, you get a variety.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Beautiful views and a stream/waterfall to play in at the top.

1 month ago

Views galore: giant cacti, waterfalls, wildflowers, one snake, two bears, all sorts of other wildlife. A rogue thunderstorm pinned me down a while, so I arrived at Douglas Springs campground via headlamp, trail still easy to follow. Three nice campsites with bear boxes, a restroom building, and of course the springs. It was steep and hot, but well worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Only hiked in part due to time constraints- hiked up signal hill to see the view from up high and the petroglyphs (petroglyphs are why I gave it 3 stars instead of 4). The view and the sheer amount of cacti deserve 4 stars. Hiked it once but would choose to experience another hike should I ever make it back to Saguaro National Park.

I took my three year old and 14 year old on this trail a few days ago during the rainy day we had. I figured it was an easy trail to navigate in the rain and with a small child. I was right. It was beautiful and easy. I plan to go again with my little one, and also bring grandparents when they come to visit. All the cacti are beautiful, and we stopped often to investigate holes and dead saguaro for “critters”. We enjoyed puddle hopping (it was raining).
Definitely not a workout unless you plan to run:). I don’t run;)
This was an enjoyable walk for us, especially when we wanted to get out and enjoy the rain and cool weather.
Some of the spiky cacti are rather close to the trail, so beware.

How many actually do the whole thing? Not many. Nobody I know. Not even SAHC. I love going to the falls.

Huge saguaros. Not many people on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a challenging hike and it covers 11.5 miles one way. It can be hiked year round, but this is actually too hot to hike in its lower elevations during May through September when temperatures often reach well above 100 degrees in the afternoon. The trail begins at the Javelina Picnic area and ends at Cowhead Saddle. Total elevation gain is over 4000 feet one way. The high point is Tanque Verde Peak. The views from the top are wonderful. Many people just do a day hike from Javelina Picnic area to Tanque Verde Peak and return to the Javelina Picnic area (for a round trip total of 17.9 miles).

hiking
3 months ago

It has been awhile since we have hiked. Really loved the views. It was not overly congested with people.

make sure you bring you water. no shade. will definitely come back in the winter/spring when the falls are more than a dribble.

It was a good hike. Make sure you bring some sort of hat for all the wasps. I carry our 10 month old in a deuter, trekking poles were a must for keeping balance while clambering over all the rocks. Happy Hiking!

We went on this easy, short hike at 8am on a weekday in August. There was great cloud cover and temperatures were around 80 degrees. We were the only people out, and we saw a lot of birds including a pair of great horned owls and a Harris hawk. We also saw a desert tortoise burrow, many lizards and butterflies, and a beautiful shiny black snake called a coach whip!

There were signs along the way identifying the iconic plants of the desert, and everything was green due to rains the night before.

If you go during monsoon season, bring bug spray as there are many mosquitoes. Even though this is a short hike, water and sun protection is needed.

We took our time, and the whole loop was about a 40 minute walk with a few steps down and up.

It was more than moderate.... I thought it was a tough hike.

nature trips
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with lots of potential wildlife sightings. Went last weekend and saw a Ringtail! Tried to find him again today but no luck. Saw him near an overlook at just under the first mile mark.

Dogs are allowed.

Easy walk through Saguaro country.

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