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Desert Ecology Trail

EASY 28 reviews
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Desert Ecology Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately 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 walking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.3 miles Elevation Gain: 9 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

hiking
6 months ago

I didn't start the recording until I was 1.25 miles into the trail. This is probably the most beautiful trail I've hiked. There's a lot of civilization surrounding the area. But there is a lot of desert beauty in the SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK

hiking
6 months ago

It is a nice little walk. I feel like there are so many great hikes in Arizona with great views of saguaros that this little walk could just not compare. This was the only “hike” they allowed dogs on in the park. (We checked the National Park website before bringing our dog but the website must have been out of date. It had listed several hikes that dogs were allowed on but when we found out that was not the case. :( )

hiking
7 months ago

Kiddie trail. Some interesting signs but there are better trails in Saguarro to spend your time on.

walking
7 months ago

Nice short interpretive trail. It's better to go in the morning or at dusk for a greater chance to see wildlife. We went on Sunday afternoon. Saguaro National Park was very busy with visitors. That's probably why we didn't see even one bird, however, it is a beautiful place to visit none the less.

hiking
7 months ago

A 0.25 mile paved loop that is accessible to everyone. There are interpretive signs along the entire trial. This hike is very easy.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Very short but you will see a lot of good looking saguaros.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nice short walk.

hiking
Friday, May 22, 2015

This is a handicap accessible paved path. Numerous informational signs regarding desert vegetation and shaded stops are scattered along the pathways.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Excellent trail for small kids and older visitors. There is informative signage throughout the whole short hike. Some of the picnic areas (like Mica) had a bit more impressive scenery, though.

hiking
Monday, September 17, 2012

Awesomely easy but so much fun for kids. Mine completed the junior ranger packet while on this trail. Now they are inspired to go again and try longer trails!

hiking
Wednesday, May 04, 2011

This is a very easy trail, it's paved and is actually only .25 miles. Perfect trail for young children and the elderly.

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