Cactus Forest Loop Drive

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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.

DISTANCE
10.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

mountain biking

nature trips

scenic driving

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Scenery is beautiful. We went because we could take our dogs. Dog owners should know that aside from the paved ten mile loop, there are only two “trails” you can take your dogs on (the dirt road in/out to Micah point, which is a pretty dull and straight walk; and the pretty but very short Ecology Trail). For the most part, you and pup will be sharing the road with cars and cyclists. We thought this would be unpleasant for our pups, but cyclists were considerate, and
cars traveled slowly. So even with all these qualifiers - we had a great time and purchased a season pass!

hiking
2 months 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
7 months ago

Great views. spotted a coyote.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

this is a nice loop. saw evidence of wildlife

walking
Friday, October 28, 2016

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.

hiking
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!

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

hiking
Saturday, April 05, 2014

hiking
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).

hiking
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