Saguaro National Park West and Old Tucson Studios Scenic Drive

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Saguaro National Park West and Old Tucson Studios Scenic Drive is a 39.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
39.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

scenic driving

views

wildlife

This Scenic drive will take you through Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park West. You will enjoy beautiful mountain/rock formations and stands of saguaro cactus. From Interstate-10 go west on Speedway toward the Tucson Mountains. The name of the road changes to Gates Pass Blvd at Camino de Oeste. The drive itself can be done in a few hours but depending on the other activities it could easily occupy several days. Alternate Route option: There is a section of the drive that is a dirt road. If you do not want to drive the dirt road you can bypass it by staying straight on Sandario until you get to a 4 way stop. Turn right onto Picture Rocks Rd and continue as per directions on POI 10.

hiking
6 months ago

The drive wasn’t all that special, but hiking up the mountain was awesome, and the view from the top was breathtaking! Dog-friendly (on leash), kid-friendly. Even wit a stark elevation, our 3-year old was able to do it. Highly recommend!

hiking
11 months ago

cool hiking trail

scenic driving
Thursday, July 06, 2017

lovely drive

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

We hiked the 3 mile Loma Verde Trail. Nice and easy trail to start off the day. A diamondback snake crossed our path while we were hiking.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

We hiked the Gould trail. beautiful view from the top and easy trail. Took about 2 hours up and back with a
7 year old with us.

backpacking
Thursday, November 17, 2016

difficult. incline was steep only went to the first camp ground

road biking
2 months ago