Romero Canyon Trail is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is 90% wide, sandy well cleared path but gets a little steep and rocky when getting to the actual pools. There is very little shade, and exposure to the elements during the mid-day summer heat can be very dangerous. Dogs are only allowed on a portion of the trail because of the trail.
I truly enjoyed the adventure to the pools. However, people need to keep in mind that if you are a flatlander that these trips are not moderate they are actually more severe and they probably take about 2 1/2 to 3 times as long as an average mountain hiker. I would recommend bringing a water pump so that way you can fill your water up for the trek back maybe a gallon of water each way and a hot sunny 80 to 90° day. Leave early so you can join time at the Hot Springs don't get caught in the dark and less you have a really good headlamp to help you see your way down . Otherwise I wouldn't miss it for the world and have a blast.
A quick heart pumping scramble at the start and then a pretty steady climb to the water. We got to the first pools and it was crowded (not my thing), so we crossed over the pools and made my way right, following the water upstream. This is where the little slice of heaven is!!! We had privacy, spectacular views and WATERFALLS all to ourselves
easy nice Trail
pretty steep a couple miles in, to keep a good jog going for long.
Not a big fan of several miles of sand slogging. And dogs are only allowed in 1st few miles. then it becomes a Big Horn Sheep area with no fur babies allowed. Would have been fantastic to see sheep, but not in the works today.
Sara Ann B.
Beautiful trail, but not easy. The grade and rocky footing make it a bit challenging but worth the trip to the pools.
Fun trail. Definitely more technical than you'd think. Once you get up around 3200 feet the trails levels out some and it is doable. Definitely a fun lung buster of a run!
This was a beautiful trail to take. We hiked a little beyond the pools and found some other pools that were more secluded. Enjoyed it a lot!
Great trail, wide sandy pathways for the first mile or so, easily accessible for pretty much anyone. As you get closer to the mountain its requires a little more hiking/climbing/athleticism. Dogs can only go a portion of the way in on the trail systems, there are turn around points that are identified. The park service is trying to re-establish a big-horn ram herd in the canyon and dogs aren't prohibited back there. Another great site for sunsets.