Desert Tortoise Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Desert Tortoise Trail is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.8 miles
400 feet

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


Very good hiking area with a good range of difficulty levels. Starts with a short climb from the parking lot and some reasonable elevation changes. Back side of loop fairly flat with another slope up to meet Dixie Loop for return. If you bring a dog, it better be very leash controlled due to close proximity of Cholla cactus on trail sides. Observed some Cholla "pears" loose on trail. Good hiker shoes with firm sole recommended due to rockiness.

Really gorgeous hike and not too difficult, but there are a few spots with incline that make you feel it a bit.

2 months ago

Love this area. There are a lot of trails off of Dixie Mountain Loop trail head. Desert Tortoise is one of them. Just beautiful! A small incline in the beginning, but the rest is pretty easy. Trail is rock, so watch your step. Beautiful flowers and various types of cactus. Also saw some lizards, family of owls, quail, beetles and caterpillars. Will definitely go back and hike all the trails there!

3 months ago

New trail area with plenty of parking. Well kept. Nice relaxing short walk.

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7 months ago

Hiked with Elizabeth and Erick. Nice new area to hike.

7 months ago

Decent workout for heart rate, but a bit too warm on this trail. Very little shade areas on an unusually warm October day

7 months ago

8 months ago

Very clean trail area and people using the area were all polite and aware of mountain bikes sharing the trail. Staying on the Desert Tortoise Loop kept my heart rate up, but was not too taxing. Summer is over time to go back out.