Picture Rocks Wash Trail

EASY 14 reviews
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Picture Rocks Wash Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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, birding, and horses and is best used from September until May. Horses are also able to use this trail.

8.5 miles
538 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips



wild flowers

no dogs

8 months ago

This was my second time trekking the PRW trail. This time, I began at Redemptorist and looped around to Ringtail, an onto the PRW trailhead/parking lot. (My buddy and I parked a vehicle at both locations, since we are beginning hikers.)

The Ringtail trail was very difficult to find, as it isn’t clearly marked. In fact, we turned off in the wrong location, and got stuck in the thorny brush. If you are coming from the PRW trailhead, or if you are parked at the retreat (which, btw, is where the petroglyphs are located), watch for the huge saguaro growing out of a builder. RT trailhead is just beyond that landmark on the right. Then, watch for the metal trail marker. It’s easy to miss! RT Trail juts off in the opposite direction, so watch for that, too. I have uploaded pictures, in effort to help you.

8 months ago

This trail begins in a beautiful canyon wash. The sand in this wash is thick, so it makes for a great workout. We veered to the left at the fork, stopped a mile in, and followed our path back to the parking area/trailhead. Next time, we will veer to the right at the fork: a hiker (who lives nearby) told us that petroglyphs are on the rock faces behind the retreat (on the other side of PR Road). I’m looking forward to exploring that part of the trail! We will also explore Ringtail Trail, which winds around to the trailhead/parking lot.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Where are the pictographs on this trail,? Stayed on the Ringtail trail to the Picture Rocks Wash. walked both left and right, but never found thrm

Friday, December 16, 2016

No signage to locate the trail head. Guess we were on it. with a large parking area and the trsil was a wash. First part the most interesting with trail between two walls through
a Canyon.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

To reach the trailhead travel west on Ina Rd to Wade Rd. 1.6 miles down Wade Rd will be a parking spot and the trailhead. After 3/4 of a mile on the trail the wash forks, stay to the right here.
Ringtail trailer is marked in the middle of the wash about 2 miles in. This makes a nice loop back to the parking spot

Sunday, August 28, 2016

go early. bring plenty of water.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Gorgeous right from the trailhead! Petrogylphs aplenty! Make sure to take a right turn at the first major fork as you come out of the rock canyon or you'll end up a pretty boring road. I looped around, crossing the highway and taking Ringtail Trail back to the parking lot.

9 months ago

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

recorded Picture Rocks Wash Trail

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Friday, March 30, 2012