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Romero Canyon Trail to Romero Pools

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Romero Canyon Trail to Romero Pools is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, 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. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,322 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

fee

no dogs

Starts at the trail head parking lot and immediately crosses Sutherland Wash, which flows seasonally. The first mile is relatively flat and an easy walk. The next 1.8 miles is a steep and rocky climb to Romero Pools. Romero Pools are formed along a stream bed and water flows seasonally. $7 park entrance fee

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no shade
rocky
17 hours ago

Gorgeous views and vistas. Visiting from Utah and were amazed by the desert scenery, flora, and fauna. Perfect day hike. Great workout but not too difficult. Made it to the pools. They were pretty low and stagnant, but still lovely to see the water in the dry, desert climate. Hardly anyone on the trail. Every twist and turn brought a new view and different vegetation. Must do if you’re in the area!

I love this hike. I decided to test my new ACLs and see if the were up to some elevation. Did not go all the way to the pools, but made it 2 miles in from parking lot. My turn around was the saddle before you turn a little north and go down over the ridge. For me the hardest part is the first mile, crossing the wash and climbing out of it. It makes my lungs burn. Haha!

Gorgeous hike. Was more strenuous than I anticipated. Would encourage ankle supporting boots rather than hiking shoes. Sun intensity and rocky terrain was a factor for this Georgia hiker. That said, wonderful hike and very much enjoyed it.

Wonderful hike interrupted by notice of smoke and burglary alarms going off at home. Apparently false alarms.

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 days ago

No shade at the switchbacks, bring lots of water. Trail had lots of hikers on it and a few were at the pools. Started around 9:30am. Pools had water in them but only a trickle for water flow

Pretty steep but worth the trip. Pack light, for sure.

more like hard!! and the hike to the pools not worth it. Poole were yucky and green.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice hike, beautiful scenery, go early in the morning, we are planning go again.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

A major scramble down hill on the way back. Very hot, bring water. Beautiful!

First try I will be back!!

hiking
20 days ago

So beautiful! Not too hard but amazing views and so fun! Definitely recommend.

hiking
23 days ago

This hike was a beautiful view and trail. Definitely going back.

hiking
1 month ago

Dogs are not allowed on the trail to Romero Pools.

This is one of my favorite trails. Pusch Ridge is beautiful. If you like more of a rocky hike, this one is fun. Only a little water at the pools today.

hiking
1 month ago

Agree...definitely on difficult side for sure. Lots of climbing. Well marked. Go early in the morning. Beautifully maintained!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Hardly any shade but beautiful

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Water in pools. Two pools had people swimming.

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no shade
rocky
2 months ago

This is a lovely trail! There's still water in the pools, although it's a bit stagnant now from the lack of flow, so I wouldn't swim in it. I'll definitely be back in a few months to swim! I'm also on board with the rating being on the difficult side, rather than moderate. The first mile or so is flat but once you pass the "No dogs beyond this point" sign, it becomes steep and rocky rather quickly. However, there are plenty of opportunities to sit and take a rest.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike, but a real knee beater coming down.

hiking
3 months ago

this trail is not moderate - it is very difficult. rocky. not nice on the knees. do not underestimate the water you will need because of lack of shade. nice views but this was not at all easy... moderate it is not. it is hard.

hiking
3 months ago

was there an June 22nd 2019 plenty of water in the pool to go swimming beautiful views

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

My favorite hike Tucson! Definitely make sure to bring water and plan to not be up there at midday to avoid dehydration- but the views are spectacular and the pools are so rewarding.

hiking
no shade
rocky
4 months ago

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