Looking for a great trail in Saguaro National Park, Arizona? AllTrails has 60 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 33 moderate trails in Saguaro National Park ranging from 0.7 to 20.8 miles and from 2,214 to 7,014 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Split into the separate Rincon Mountain and Tucson Mountain Districts, the dry Sonoran Desert is still home to much life in six biotic communities. Beyond the namesake Giant Saguaro cacti, there are barrel cactus, cholla cactus, and prickly pears, as well as the Lesser Long-nosed Bat, Spotted Owl, and javelinas.

backpacking
over grown
snow
1 day ago

The trail was mostly in good condition, some mud from snow melt off. There were some places about 5 miles up where it was easy to lose the trail from overgrowth, had to pay close attention. I rate this trail as difficult. Great plenty of water if you have a filter this time of the year from the snow melt off and various springs in the way up. I would suggest drive up the first service road if you have 4WD, it's over about 1.3 miles from happy valley to the trail head. There is parking at the trail head. We hiked from happy valley, and wished we would have drove up to the trail head, especially coming back the next day. A great hike, and will definitely do it again.

Tough but very rewarding hike! Scenery at the top is amazing.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Definitely a busy trail on the weekend, however it’s mostly in the first 2 miles. We actually had the falls to ourselves... but that was lucky as folks were coming up the trail as we left. Be prepared for steps, lots of steps. Tried this as a trail run and was successful for some segments but couldn’t sustain running up all the steps. Glorious undisturbed views once you get away from Tuscon a bit, beautiful falls. Recommend. Bring sunscreen & water.

hiking
2 days ago

Great views, well-marked Trail. We followed the directions to trailhead and had no problems parking on a January Sunday. Fairly flat the first 1.7 miles in (43 minutes) then we took a left onto Hugh Norris Trail. Hiked another 1.3 miles mostly uphill with some stone steps in places. Then we turned around, due to our time constraints. We were ok not getting up to the peak. Absolutely gorgeous views. Shade in a few places along the ridge.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Recommend hiking in farther than the app shows, about 2.7 miles to the saddle and turning around there instead. Both Tucson and Vail are visible, and with minimal shade this is best as a winter hike, or during cooler months. Our elevation gain ended up being 1,522, which was enough of a challenge. Look for cairns if you wonder where the trail went while you’re hiking on rock. Poles helped a lot on this trail.

Decent hike with what felt like half of Tucson on the trail with us. The trail is easy and wide with a decent view but no challenge. Came back to find the window of our truck smashed out.

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 days ago

Super confusing to follow. Thankfully the map from the app was available. I wouldn’t be comfortable doing the hike without it. Multiple trails come together and not clearly marked. Pay attention.

hiking
no shade
2 days ago

Great trail if you want great views and a bit of a work out. I recommend hiking it earlier or later in the day to avoid the harsh mid-day sun as there is zero shade. I recorded my hike from end-to-end and it came out to be 6.5 miles round trip, finished in just under 3 hours walking at a decent pace. Would happily hike it again!

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Sweetwater to Thunderbird. Very enjoyable hike. Rocky but a well maintained trail. couple of mines along the way which was a great surprise. Overall I would recommend; nice workout.

Great trail. Steep at times. Nice views on the wash on kings canyon

Easy option for an impromptu afternoon hike, minimal elevation gain, shared with about two dozen other hikers and some horses. Heard lots of coyotes toward the end of the loop, which was really cool, but didn’t get close enough to see them.

pretty hike, love the views! waterfall was running high!

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

Wife and I hiked the trial 17 Jan starting about 9:30 in the AM. A very enjoyable hike, easy hike with engaging scenery and a really nice rock ledge at the end of the trail. We ended up hiking a bit beyond the official trail since as well trodden path continued on for perhaps 150 ft. Weather was great 70's which worked well since this trail has no to little shade. The trail is well worn so and for the most part easy terrain. Towards the end their is about 80 ft loose gravel path with an aggressive grade, this was the only section I had to focus on footing. The flora along the trail is awesome combined with beautiful views of the various mountain ranges. I had this as an easy hike, well groomed trail. Lots of evidence of horses having used the trial. Met no other hikers until we were headed back towards the end (around 11:00). Plan to hike gain, and perhaps lunch on the rock cropping at the trail end. Oh yeah.. parking for about 6 cars at the trailhead. we were the only car at 09:00 but upon leaving all but one slot full.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful park. Great for everyone.

Good trail, it was fun to hop around on the boulders at the falls

hiking
5 days ago

So good! I climbed this via sendero— best hike in saguaro natl East and west

Made it to juniper basin. It’s always fun to hike in saguaro— one of my favorite natl parks.

We took the long route Garwood Trail to Wildhorse to Carillo to Three Tanks and back on Douglas Spring. 8.5 mile total. At the end of the Wildhore Trail there is a nice waterfall and pond. The waterfall at Bridal Wreath was running as strongly as I have ever seen.

Great trail with Petroglyphs in the King Canyon Wash

Oco-awesome. But seriously, was a great hike with cool winding stairways to beautiful desert views . Even more magical being timed around sunset, with incredible views of cotton candy sky on the way down. About 4 hours out/back, including plenty of time to stop and enjoy waterfall and have a snack. 3 hours without stopping or taking pictures. And yes- water is still flowing currently! Awesome winding trail in with tons of various desert life to keep you distracted. Elevation gain is more moderate-strenuous, packed into about 1.5mi, but totally worth it. Views coming down are incredible. Fav AZ hike so far.

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