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Desert Discovery Nature Trail

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Saguaro National Park

Desert Discovery Nature Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.4 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

hiking
2 months ago

This is a paved blacktop Trail Ada accessibility with some very nice specimens of cacti and Sonoran Desert with many shaded ramadas plenty for people sit on when it's not so cool outside.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for kids! Paved and cute signs!

hiking
3 months ago

Cool intro to desert life

hiking
8 months ago

Good easy trail. Nothing to write home about. Views can be seen from the nature center.

hiking
9 months ago

Went in the evening- we were the only ones on the trail. Love the info placards - trail was well maintained and good length for young families.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this years ago but still memorable

hiking
Thu May 02 2019

Short paved trail with several covered rest stops along the way. This is a really cool spot to see the sun lighting up the mountains to the east, but not so great if you're looking west into the sunset. Parking lot has maybe either spots. We were there at 6:30 PM and only one other car was there.

Tue Feb 12 2019

Absolutely wonderful. Go at sunset and you'll understand the poem They stood alone and heralded the dawn; Gaunt shadows Etched upon a rim That tore the jagged edge of day. They stood like phantoms grim, Within a world alone, Upon a lonely way. With muzzles pointed toward the stars now dim In dawn’s first undertone, They filled the sleeping sky With eerie wails. Each dismal cry Came drifting on the winds,"

Mon Nov 13 2017

Nice little trail to do at sunset with kids with a little education along the way.

Sun Jul 16 2017

Arrived closer to sunset and found a rattlesnake! The hike may not have been worth it, but the rattlesnake made our day. Also saw some lizards, a rabbit, and an antelope squirrel!

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Thu Sep 01 2016

Small little loop showing off the various plant life commonly seen throughout the park. As far as hikes go there is nothing to do here due to the side but if you are interested in local flora I would recommend the trail which has a lot of really great informational plaques throughout the loop.

walking
Wed Apr 23 2014

A very easy paved, nearly level trail off of Kinney Road just north of the visitors center. Lots of informative panels to give you a sense of life in the desert.

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