Canyon Loop Trail

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Canyon Loop Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.2 miles
167 feet

dog friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running


no shade

This is a fun, moderate hike that has a well-defined trail. Along the trail are many different desert plants, la cholla, prickly pear, sahauro, and desert shrubs. The first half of the hike, you will have a constant view of rugged mountain ridges. The second half of the hike will drop you down and right along a wash/creek bed that you will cross four times. During the monsoon season (May- August) the wash will be full of water, so be careful when crossing. Also remember that this is the desert and with it comes desert critters (snakes, scorpions, etc.) Keep your eyes open and you will be fine, and remember to drink lots of water!! During the summer months the best time to hike, would be in the morning hours.

13 days ago

Always a fun, short, easy walj.

17 days ago

Loved this easy trail that winds through the base of the mountains, through river beds and lots of cactus and boulders. Some inclines with some shade but mostly open sunshine. Our little dogs loved it too. Looking forward to hiking it again.

18 days ago

Nice trail with diverse views. Beautiful year round.

19 days ago

Nice easy trail, some steps but not hard. Very enjoyable. I did the birding trail and then picked up the loop for a total of 3.3 miles in 1.5 hours.

1 month ago

Cute, easy trail with a long stretch of riparian area (I recommend saving that side of the loop for the end as it is easily the most beautiful part).

Very heavily trafficked as you might expect and the trail is big and wide. This one is not for the times when you want to feel like you are in the wilderness!

2 months ago

Take water! Crisscross creek-beds, saw deer, cacti. Some portions very rugged, boulders as trail. Needed trail wear, not sneakers and yoga stretch pants. Very quiet, serene.

5 months ago

Fantastic day hike! Storm rains caught us about 3/4 of the way thru - much appreciated with Summer! Very well marked by State Parks crews. Lots of green everywhere after the recent rains. We will definitely be back to do more trails in Catalina State Park.

5 months ago

A great mix of desert views. Best during monsoon season when the water is flowing. It makes for a great trail run.

9 months ago

wonderful and friendly, rare in this area!

9 months ago

Beautiful hike! I would rate this hike as easy. My Map My Hike app was not working but I hiked an hour in and an hour back out. Maybe it gets harder further in? Water is flowing. Lots of flowers and quiet and peaceful!

9 months ago

The Canyon Loop Trail was very enjoyable. A large part of it is like a road of beach sand. Much preferred the rocky part of the trail. Great treat to have it go along the creek side and I actually have to cross water. Many wildflowers. Beautiful scenery. Variable landscape-- rock, creek, cactus, grasses. Recommend!

10 months ago

Great fun with dogs when there is water!

11 months ago

Not a difficult hike, tricky if rainy though because dry beds become wet beds very quickly. Very scenic

trail running
11 months ago

Full of the best parts of Tucson. Great for a short easy trail run.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice easy trail.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Moderate trail that borders on easy. Minimal elevation change. Wide and flat for the most part. Scenic. The hardest part is crossing the washes if you desire dry shoes.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Peaceful, Gorgeous, Outstanding; what more can I say. The hike was everything anyone can ask for, definitely fun for a family bonding. I took some of my relatives after the three-four day rain that we had in Tucson, Arizona and it was a attack spectacular experience. The trail runs back and forth through the stream, even though it was cold it was a blast.

If you're looking for a family experience this is the one. If you're looking for a challenging run this is it. If you're looking for a trail that allows dogs this is definitely your trail.

And without further ado; happy trails!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

This was awesome and going counterclockwise was good because all the stairs were downhill. I was surprised there was some shade along the way, especially in the canyon. The views were terrific. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. It is sandy and some spots are like walking on a beach so I was slowed a bit by that. I thought the trail was very easy.

Monday, November 07, 2016

great quick hike, if I had a bit more time I would have gone around twice!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Very easy and enjoyable hike. Benches to stop and just take in the beautiful scenery. It's hard to believe the road is so close because all you hear are the birds and the breeze. Will definitely go back for a quick and easy walk in a beautiful setting.
September 2016

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