Tanque Verde Falls Trail

MODERATE 145 reviews
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Tanque Verde Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
393 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

22 days ago

Scenic trail. Have to scramble through rocks and boulders at the very end.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice afternoon hike, not very difficult as our 4 and 6 year olds made the trek, mind you they are very experienced little trail monsters! I agree the lack of rain does take away from the water experience but it is still beautiful. The drive up to the parking is fun too.

hiking
1 month ago

Go during the rainy season; this trail was not terrible, but would've been cooler if there were actual falls! Saw LOTS of dead grasshoppers along the stagnant pools. Fun rocks to climb on at the bottom.

1 month ago

Great hike. Cool rock scramble towards the end thanks to little rain and no water.

hiking
2 months ago

A quick afternoon cool off. Even when the falls are dry there are some nice pools to swim and beaches to relax. There is some rock climbing skills needed to reach the upper Falls.

2 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful views!

2 months ago

Great for all folks to get down... getting to the falls require a lot more skills climbing over rocks. Good time if you can when the water is flowing.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike! Awesome scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. There are times when you have to climb over boulders. The big waterfall only had a trickle of water. I'll be back another time when there is more water.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike. For a short distance it is somewhat strenuous. The sun beats on you and bugs are out in full force but if you leave them alone and wear bug spray they don't bother you to much. You have to climb up and over rocks and some are slippery. But it's a great workout and there is much to see along the way if you don't have much time and can only do a portion of it.

hiking
3 months ago

Do NOT try to go the whole way to the falls with dogs. There are very large boulders that make it extremely difficult for them and for you. This was a very fun hike and the falls are beautiful. I will definitely do it again WITHOUT my dogs. Also wear closed toed shoes. Chacos or tevas might seem like a good idea because of the water but the sand and small rocks will get into them and make it a very unpleasant hike.

4 months ago

Fairly easy hike into the falls. There are a couple of areas where you have to climb over some big rocks, but the biggest waterfall is worth it. The water is 65 degrees and very clear. Great swimming!

4 months ago

wonderful trail, full body workout, great views and amazing waterfall if you make it all the way to the end. be careful for desert critters, we have run into two rattlers whilst on the trail and they can be very easy to miss as some blend into the color of the rocks and sand. just be wary and keep your eye open to your surrondings. great to hike after a nice rain!

hiking
5 months ago

Fantastic hike! It's not easy but it's not difficult. Pretty tiring hike all the way to the big falls (3rd waterfall). We went at 8am and it was a lovely hike, saw very few people. It's an amazing reward to get to the big falls and swim.

Once you get to the second falls you can either climb up slippery rock (be very careful) or take almost a horse shoe pathway (pretty steep) to the falls that will add a few minutes to the falls but is a lot safer than the slippery free hand climb.

Please note my wife and I did this as complete beginners and we did just fine. Bring plenty of water and be careful!

5 months ago

Closed July 4. Can't get to it. Road closed due fires.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views. Get there early, we got there at about 5 am. There is no water right now. Good hike for beginners

hiking
6 months ago

Great directions! Great short hike. Early start recommended if you are going in the summer time, it was about 95 degrees we we went after noon. Saw standing pools of water at the bottom but no waterfall. Perhaps we didn't go far enough. I forgot to turn on the feature to track the hike. I would try it again if I was in the area.

hiking
7 months ago

Great with kids and dogs, lots of boulders to climb, even better experience if you wear water shoes! We went in March and there was still water flowing then.

7 months ago

super short, well marked trail. if the water was flowing more I'm sure it would be gorgeous! small dog was able to hike no problem!

8 months ago

nice trail. beautiful scenery. too difficult with dog. couldn't make it to the falls with her and three kids bit got close.

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