Baby Jesus Ridge Petroglyphs and Loop Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews
#18 of 33 trails in

Baby Jesus Ridge Petroglyphs and Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

7.4 miles
977 feet



nature trips



wild flowers


no dogs

This little-known hike is a great one north of Tucson near the town of Catalina and north of Catalina State Park. Outstanding vistas and great selection of petroglyphs. You start near the 50-Year Trail and head south and then bushwhack about 2 miles until you intersect the Baby Jesus Ridge Trail that leads into Catalina State Park.

7 days ago

Heed Claire Burton below. This is not a trail. This is 1/3 trail, wonderful and subtle, 1/3 shwack through cacti and dense vegetation, then 1/3 trail again. I don’t have a problem with shwacking but this is really misleading and in land as dangerous as this it could prove harmful for inexperienced or unprepared navigators.

5 months ago

We found the water tank and continued on the west side of the fence to a new house site; but never saw petroglyphs. Without GPS what should we look for?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Hiked the entirety of this trail from the corral up to Sutherland. This is by far one of my favorite trails! It is absolutely beautiful and there's tons of wildlife if you come early in the morning. Do not do the loop! I did it yesterday and almost died out there LOL There is some serious bushwhacking to be done and you will get lost back there very easily if you're not running GPS the whole time. Take the advice on the other review down below

Thursday, December 08, 2016

This was a beautiful area, but be warned that about 1/3rd of this is not on a trail and requires serious bushwhacking and wading through unforgiving cacti. There are some river beds that are easier to get through, but we started on the baby Jesus ridge trail and once we got to the 'sutherland junction' the trail petered out, and didn't come back into the picture again until well after the petroglyphs. By the time we got to them we were pretty exhausted from the bushwhacking and were just anxious to get to a trail. Would recommend doing this from the start to the petroglyphs and back rather than as a loop.

Monday, September 19, 2016

This is a great hike--waterfall, pools, petroglyphs, and desert. It has it all.

10 months ago

Sunday, September 17, 2017