Tanque Verde Falls Trail

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Coronado National Forest

Tanque Verde Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily 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: 436 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

off trail

Please note there are portions where you will have to cross the creek. Even though this trail is dog and kid friendly, please be advised as this may be a problem for some.

59 minutes ago

Such a fun little trip! We went in October 2019 and took engagement pictures. We took the trail right next to the first parking lot and only went as far as the first nice pool of water as we had just missed the actual flowing waterfall. Still very pretty and picturesque! Will definitely be going back, hopefully after some nice rainfall!

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bugs
rocky
3 days ago

Good little easy hike down with a lot of rock climbing in the river bed. We came late in the season so waterfall was dry but there are puddles you can dip in. The entry down into the riverbed is easy but it’s a nice workout at the end when u have to climb out. Good place to do it with kids

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6 days ago

Easy hike down and up. Make sure you scramble your way all the way back. Very crowded

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bugs
no shade
11 days ago

Fun trail! There was hardly any water, so don’t go expecting that for now but the rocks were really neat and fun to play on for our kids. We were able to follow the trail easily. The hike back up is a workout, but our 3 year old did it. There were lots of gnats along the trail but they weren’t a problem at the bottom. We’d like to go again when there is water!

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no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
16 days ago

No Clear trail or guidance, no shade. Don’t expect much swimmable area, we were unable to get to the high falls from here and lower falls are disappointing

hiking
16 days ago

Not really moderate. But a great workout! Awesome sights!

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20 days ago

5-3-2020 Sunrise Hike Boulder Hoping and enjoying the waterfalls....not in full force at this time, but we’ll be back!!! Continued to explore Madera Canyon and we enjoyed the waterfall off Proctor! So refreshing :)

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23 days ago

It's a moderate level, 2 mile hike. with just the right amount of ease and challenge. Family friendly, though reaching the last waterfall may be difficult for children/pets. Would repeat! Remember to bring a trash bag to pick up after yourself :)

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no shade
rocky
scramble
25 days ago

This trail was a beautiful hike. when you get down to the water, there is some rock climbing and scramble to maneuver through the boulders. Like others have posted before me, when you get to the first waterfall, climb over it and keep following the trail further to big waterfall. Clothing is optional at the big waterfall and most people were nude. Today, the trail was heavily occupied (even had the cops directing traffic at the parking lots), but it was well worth the expierence. I will diffently hike this trail again!

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26 days ago

Wonderful trail! We’ve done it a few times now with a 5 and 2 year old and they LOVE it! It is rocky at the bottom so it’s a bit of climbing but really not bad at all. Just be advised that if you climb to the top of the first waterfall to the big pool/beach area, there are usually a bunch of nudists hanging out....my kids saw quite a bit

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bugs
rocky
30 days ago

Trail was fun and not too difficult to navigate. You can do the whole thing or take your time and explore different routes. Not too busy on the actual trail, but parking lots and along the road (dirt road) was packed! Get there early. Lots to see. Might have to scramble over some rocks, but not too bad. Remember bug spray, sunscreen, and water.

1 month ago

can be a pretty fun hike but many people really dont respect the area... lots of people, lots of litter. I even saw a guy throw his empty white claw can into the main pool and leave it. It should be common sense but...if ya pack it in, pack it out...don't ruin places for other people.

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1 month ago

Really cool trail. So it was confusing once we got to the bottom where the river started to flow. We traveled up street into the canyon for a little while until we reached a tiny waterfall. For future notice. Keep going upstream until you have to climb and pretty tall rock wall. Over the wall you’ll reach the final waterfall / pool location. Very fun being able to scramble our way to the falls. Great hike for all levels ( moderate is a good rating). Would definitely do this hike again.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

recording got turned off accidentally right before climbing the final waterfall to the top pool. lots of poop in bags along the beginning of the trail - pretty shameful and disappointing. rest of the trek was gorgeous - it wasn’t too wet so it was really fun see the grooves in the rocks where water travels. beautiful clear pools and lots of running water - will definitely come back when there is even more water.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

One of the funnest hikes I have been on in a while. It was perfect in the heat of the Arizona desert. Fun pools to jump in along the way. Beautiful small waterfall at the end. Not very crowded at all either.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This was a fun quick hike. Rocky and places you have to scramble. Water was low but still nice. Most disappointing aspect was the amount of litter and broken glass. Also there are several parking lots. Don’t stop at the first. It’s about 1/2 mile to the trail and there are 2 or 3 more lots. The last one of just past the trailhead. Plus there’s room along the gravel road to park.

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rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Just keep hiking. You will pass 2/3 mini waterfalls you will reach the ending waterfall!

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1 month ago

One of my favorite trails for a short day hike and to see some water in the desert! The lower falls is always packed on the weekends so be aware. Lots of boulder hopping. I’ve worn trail runners and chacos so it just depends on what you’re more comfortable getting wet in! Heads up- Upper falls is “clothing optional” and just a mile from the lower falls parking lot. There’s another parking area right next to upper, we just decided to park at lower to get one more mile in. As always, leave no trace! Check out my adventures on Instagram : @saritamendez

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