Tanque Verde Ridge Trail

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Tanque Verde Ridge Trail is a 20.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

20.3 miles
5639 feet
Out & Back





nature trips

trail running


wild flowers


no shade

no dogs

Saguaro National Park 3693 South Old Spanish Trail Tucson, AZ 85730-5601 By Phone Visitor Information - Rincon Mountain District (520) 733-5153 Visitor Information - Tucson Mountain District (520) 733-5158 Headquarters (520) 733-5100 By Fax 520-733-5183

3 days ago

Great hike for all those who are capable of handling a gradual incline. The views are fabulous and the air crisp in the early morning! It was beautiful after the rain.

10 days ago

Great winter hike. Steady elevation gain. Pano views of major peaks. Enjoy the dome rock scenic overlook at mile 2.6.

10 days ago

great day hike to Juniper basin, gorgeous views! highly recommend! leave about 8 hours if you plan for stop and lunch. perfect winter or early spring.

3 months ago

I hiked probably the first 2 miles. Hiked on a Wed afternoon in November, met one other hiker. would definitely go back and do the whole thing. Beautiful, serene, remote.

trail running
10 months ago

I've done this hike/run several times. It's always fantastic. Definitely just a hike for most, as it's no joke in terrain and elevation increases, but you can jog occasionally. There's a perfect N/S road on the south side of the trail that's a perfect 4 mile marker that you can see off in the distance as well.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

excellent hike. the scenery is beautiful. elevation is moderate.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pretty gradual incline. Great views. And lots of nature to see. Go as far as you want. Great sunset spot down to the left before finishing the trail. Last time we even saw a great Gila Monster!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

I would rate this moderate to difficult!

Friday, March 04, 2016

Great trail that offers views of Mt. Lemon, Mt. Rincon, and Tucson.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Pleasant. Beautiful scenery, flora & fauna. I was hiking with a group of seniors and everyone enjoyed it.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Great Trail! Start early and enjoy walking the ridgeline. Every elevation gain yields another amazing view

Saturday, March 14, 2015

great trail

well maintained climb is steady so you make better time than normal

go thru many different eco zones

Saturday, January 03, 2015

A long, tough trail with awesome views and solitude in abundance - all just minutes from Tucson. Stay overnight at Juniper Basin (permit required) for the full experience.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Tanque Verde Ridge is a great hike. It is very strenuous uphill going, downhill coming. Great views of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges as well as the Sonoran Desert. You can hike up as far as you like or are able and head back down. A good day hike for strong hikers is to hike to Juniper Basin Campground, have lunch and head back. There is no reliable water on this hike so make sure you bring plenty. Any water should be treated. Doing the hike to Juniper Basin CG and back is a 13.8 mile round trip.

Friday, December 30, 2011

First, I did not take this trail all the way to Tanque Verde Peak. I stopped and turned around at Juniper Camp. The views of Tucson are gorgeous from this trail. The elevation is low to start, so do not do this trail in the summer and always wear sunscreen. Also, the ridge does not have any trees until you go behind the first range, so watch the wind. The day I went up was rather windy and took away from the experience. There is very little water and very little traffic (I saw two people), so come well prepared. Juniper Camp is a nice place to stop for lunch and turn around. Recommended for good city views.

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