Cactus Forest Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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Cactus Forest Trail is a 10.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

10.1 miles 564 feet Out & Back



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers


no dogs

Popular Hike Inside Saguaro National Park This relatively flat hike will carry you accross the infamous Cactus Forest Drive loop within the Saguaro National Park. You'll literally cross the loop on both sides. The scenery is about as classic as you can get for the desert, surrounded by every type of cactus available in the southwest, and looking to the East you'll enjoy views of the Rincon Mountain Range. If your looking for a very easy hike that will put you in the heart of the desert, then this is it. The trail is in exceptional condition with very little undulation, a pair of tennis shoes is all you'll need. Ideal for families with children, and perfect for trail runners. If your new to hiking, and ready to get off the paved trails and into something with a little more adventure, then this would be a perfect place to start.

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There are trailheads at the north and south of the loop drive and also intersects the web of trails inside the loop. Easy walk through sandy area. Lots of older Saguaros. Nice break from the more mountainous areas if you're tired, but sort of boring.

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