Petroglyphs at King Canyon

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Saguaro National Park

Petroglyphs at King Canyon is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from September until May.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 291 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

historic site

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1 month ago

Came for the petroglyphs, didn't find them to be that outstanding...and there were a lot of bees near some puddles of water so watch out. The trail itself was nice and relaxing through the wash. Lots of nice wildflowers. I changed the loop to hike back on the gold mine trail which was super gorgeous - highly recommend doing that. Follow my instagram for more hiking adventures: @julie_journeys

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rocky
2 months ago

Great trail for maintaining 6' distancing during pandemic. From the parking lot, take the right fork up a wide, rocky, steady incline. (Hiking boots are helpful, but I didn't need a pole, and I'm 70). When you see a little stone building on your left, take the sandy wash back towards the parking lot. BTW, if you have passed the little stone building you'll reach a dry waterfall at the end of the trail. You've gone too far, but it's worth seeing. (Note: I wouldn't do this trail during monsoons). If you decide to skip the dry waterfall, not far down the wash you'll climb down a rock facing surrounded by high canyon walls. Look up and you'll see the petroglyphs on both sides. Continuing back towards the parking lot, if you get as far as a viaduct you've missed the little trail back up to the parking lot. There is a small sign marking the trail. We only saw 2 people while we were there. The petroglyphs are fascinating and the views are amazing.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

First off I would rate this trail system from moderate to kind of hard. The petroglyphs are at the end of Kings Canyon Wash Trail. I recommend going to your right when you start the hike to Kings Canyon Trail. It’s hilly and rocky but it would be much easier to start that way and make your way to Kings Canyon Wash Trail which is a wash there some dry waterfalls so be expected to slide on your butt down the rocks. The petroglyphs are faded but they’re there by the dry waterfalls.

Windy day with clouds. Great loop to the top. Trail is in excellent condition.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Travel up the canyon and where you start to climb steeply see petroglyphs on large rock walls on both the left and right. Then loop left and take the side trail to the picnic area for an incredible valley view before finishing the loop on the mine trail. The petroglyphs are NOT at the end point on the map. It is where everyone stops to read the trail reviews and then turns around because they realize they missed it.

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4 months ago

great day hike for lower elevation hiking in Tucson!

Next time look for mine trail for a little longer loop.

recorded Petroglyphs at King Canyon

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rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

Hike with Mary, Catherine and Brad

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4 months ago

Nice hike even with my hip issue I was good.

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4 months ago

Great trail with Petroglyphs in the King Canyon Wash

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no shade
4 months ago

Pretty strenuous hike due mostly to the terrain being small loose rocks. To be easier on the knees coming down, definitely do the loop counter-clockwise. Beautiful views at the top, took about 3 hours to do round-trip.

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rocky
5 months ago

Nice short hike up the dried river bed. Petroglyphs are exactly a mile into the trail BEFORE the end. They’re located on the a large rock face wall to the right/East.

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rocky
5 months ago

Great trail for wife and I. 70 and 65 in good shape.

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5 months ago

Great trail! However the AllTrails map does not end at the petroglyphs. You will come to a wall at the end of the trail bed and they are on the right eastern wall at the top.

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6 months ago

Nice easy trail. Walked up the wash and back down the trail. Wash is very sandy, like walking on the beach. Nice day.

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7 months ago

good hike. took the wash up and the trail back. definitely do it again

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11 months ago

Fun trail with awesome views from the top of gould mine trail. Slight up hill for the entire hike.

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Sun May 19 2019

The petroglyphs are by the dried river bed. Easy to slip and fall on the rocks.

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rocky
Tue Apr 30 2019

Nice fairly easy hike, take the right fork at the start and climb up the incline and loop back around down the canyon wash, petroglyphs are at the head of the canyon; be prepared to climb a few rocks in the canyon.

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Sat Apr 27 2019

I love petroglyphs, so when I saw this trail a mile from Gilbert Ray Campground, it was a no brainer. At the bottom of dried out river ground (bet it’s not when a storm comes through!! )and a pebbly, sandy trail, but not too easy. Keep right when coming to rocky areas to climb. Petroglyphs on right about a mile in.

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Tue Apr 16 2019

We walked the wash from the trailhead car park. Just before the King Canyon/ Esperanza trail crossover there’s a large wall of rock on the eastern flank of the wash and the petroglyphs are on the wall. Don’t miss them. An amazing walk with many desert flowers at this time of year.

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Fri Apr 05 2019

KK&P says it’s a flowernanza!

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