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

Tumamoc Hill is an 860-acre ecological reserve near Tucson, Arizona. It belongs to the University of Arizona College of Science and Pima County. It is a place dedicated to preserving ecology, history, and commmunity of the Sonoran Desert and arid environments. 4am to 10pm. You are required to stay on the paved road and within the overlook areas noted by perimeter cables, there are no exceptions to this. Do not bring pets on to the preserve

trail running
no shade
18 days ago

Easy paved road with great views at the top. Really good incline, great trail to run a few times.

hiking
24 days ago

Very steep but super wide and well paved. Less of a traditional hike in my opinion, but still challenging and offers a great view of Tucson

1 month ago

I loved it! A must try at least once! I'm doing it again when I go visit!

1 month ago

hiking
private property
2 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Very nice

hiking
3 months ago

it is beautiful! didn't make it to the top yet, but I will!

hiking
3 months ago

Tumamoc Hill...leisurely hike up and back; stamina poor today!

hiking
3 months ago

Saw a rattlesnake on trail after dark, almost stepped on it. Maybe best to have a flashlight at night.

hiking
3 months ago

I would recommend this trail to anyone looking for a cardio workout. It’s uphill the entire way up, with a few areas to pull off and catch your breath. People of all ages can do this trail, many kids, many elderly, and folks running up and down the entire way. Nice view of the Tucson metro area as well. Fun for everyone.

hiking
3 months ago

Another hike up and down Tumamoc Hill. Spring is in the air; the temperature perfect for hiking. Great little hike!

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Haven’t walked Tumamoc in over 5 years. Nice to get back out after being a gym rat in those years. Newly paved. Busy. Beautiful view of Tucson hasn’t changed, nor has the steep incline towards end. You can leisurely walk, speed walk or jog up it.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

Nice trail with a great view of Tucson. Newly paved and easy to walk on. Steep incline towards the end.

Excellent intense workout, all uphill. Nice views, newly paved road. Check it out.

hiking
4 months ago

All up hill from the start. Get there early because you have to park along the street and there is a lot of people there.

4 months ago

Walked up Sunday morning and it was fun. Paved. Great views. Seemed like a lot of elevation climb.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail to get your legs in shape to do some mountain hiking. Loved the views. Great to see so many people getting outdoors at this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice newly-paved trail with great views and good informational signage (plus an app out out by U of A that’s informative). Steepest at the end but not a big deal for anyone used to hiking.

hiking
no shade
5 months ago

We went this past Saturday and it was steeper than expected. We had not been out for awhile, so every muscle reminded me it existed. We almost turned around early but a fellow hiker encouraged me and we made it all the way. There is no shade, water, and the porta potty halfway up had no tp...recommend you take what you need. Great views all the way up. Definitely worth it and we will be returning. The memory of an older gentleman running past me spurs to do better next time.

hiking
5 months ago

newly paved path :) (Is it still hiking if the trail is paved? I'm not sure...) Either way, good for walking/hiking or inclined running. steep grade. nice city views.

on Tumamoc Hill

hiking
5 months ago

Best hill in all of Tucson...just love it !

5 months ago

Great paved trail and very close for a quick yet challenging workout!

hiking
5 months ago

“As good as it gets” for a short, in-city hike. Although it’s short, it’s pretty steep. It provides a good workout in very little time. The road is paved, so no need for hiking shoes. There is no shade or water on the road.

walking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Great way to get a workout in! My first time was rough but I did it. My boyfriend made me push it!

hiking
6 months ago

The steep incline of this trail can be a good leg workout for a short hike with great cityscape views!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Really enjoy this gem. Not quite 3 miles and 750 ft of gain. Its a quick hike that depending on pace can be a stroll up the hill or a nice cardio workout. I hiked it at night and the city skylines provide amazing views.

Awesome cardio hike with an amazing view.

hiking
6 months ago

It was my first hike in Tucson and it was great. I wore a ruck (weighted backpack) while doing it and it kicked my butt! The steep elevation gains on this short hike are just the right amount of tough (even without a ruck on). The views from the top are gorgeous, especially being surrounded by the cacti. I would definitely recommend this short hike. It took about an hours time total, not including stopping at the top.

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