Cactus Forest Loop Drive

EASY 19 reviews
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Cactus Forest Loop Drive is a 10.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

10.3 miles
784 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips

scenic driving


wild flowers


Hike a loop in the giant Saguaro Cactus forest. Enter the park. Walk up to the ranger booth, and pay the park entrance fee. The loop starts there, on the left side. Hike time says 3.5 hours, but take your time and enjoy the scenary. NOTE: Check the rules... dogs allowed only on the main trail and must remain on leash.

23 days ago

a very nice easy hike lots of ups and downs my mother loved it because it was a paved Road which it made her feel more secure. lots of beautiful desert scenery surrounded by saguaro cactus well worth your time to check it out.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Great views. spotted a coyote.

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9 months ago

this is a nice loop. saw evidence of wildlife

11 months ago

went to the visitors center, staff was very helpful. The trails are located inside of Saguaro Natural park. The 9 mile loop is a driveable scenic route, and was $10 per car pass good for 7 days!. I drove down to Mica view picnic area. There is a nice paved trail that leads to other unpaved trails along inside of that area. went before sunset. It was beautiful and quiet out there. On the trail I had the privileged if seeing a Jackrabbit! a pretty big one too! had a relaxing time.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

This is a great little hike with some beautiful desert views.

road biking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

This is like your favorite amusement park ride for a road bike. I love it! Be careful of the first downhill turn (the ranger always tells you and there's a sign but in case you go early be aware). There's a gnarly climb on the back side. You'll use every gear on this amazing ride thru saguaros!

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Spent a day here just exploring gulches and following javelina tracks around the desert :D . The possibilities in this park are endless.

scenic driving
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My family and I did this drive en route between Phoenix and Las Cruces, and it was well worth the detour! The scenery is beautiful and unique, and the entire excursion can be done in around 90 minutes (including stops at overlooks and the visitor center).

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I have hiked all the medium / medium hard trails in the park. Stop at the rangers station off of Old Spanish Trail and pick up a map -- the one on the NP website is out of date. Pick any of the three main trial heads (Speedway, Broadway, or Old Spanish trail) and head out. I have not walked the paved trail that this post refers to, but all the others. There are a wide range of difficulty available. Consult with the ranger for specifics.

scenic driving
Sunday, June 09, 2013

scenic driving
Thursday, April 11, 2013

This loop drive is in the East Unit of the Saguaro NP. You start at the visitor's center, and drive clockwise on a graded loop road. It is quite a scenic drive, and has several hiking trails.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

scenic driving
Thursday, March 10, 2011

I had never seen such a concentration of cacti and other sesert plants - far more than in NJ! This was a pleasant, scenic drive, with a couple of nice, easy side hikes. Watch out for the cactus needles close to the trail, and bring water!