Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Benson with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A great hike not very hard but very pretty. We did it in the spring so saw no water in “river” but still a pretty Trail

Nice trail with good views

March with Michael, took 70 minutes walking fast to get finished before sunset. Great panoramic views.

Great easy hike, beautiful canyons and vistas

Beautiful trail. I took my dog and walked the whole trail. It is an easy trail but very little shade.We came across a Javalina but with the Boarder Collie stare down it ran away.

Great hike. This was our second time using this trail. We also added in the mountain viewpoint trail & was not disappointed although this part of the trail is steeper & a bit harder to navigate with some of the rock "steps". The view is worth it though. We stopped to catch our breath a few times.
Did this with two teens & a dachshund.

Great hike for me and my two small dogs. The views are incredible you forget you’re so close to the highway.

A very nice hike, though not an easy one. Great landscapes, the trail starts in pines and ends among saguaros. We planned to start at the Mount Lemmon trail head, but the road leading to it was seasonally closed, so we had to find another starting point. We drove to Summerhaven, then turned right on E. Carter Canyon road and went to the Mint Spring trailhead. There we left our car (we had left another car earlier at the Sabino Canyon recreation area). Finding the new starting point took some time, so we started our hike later than we expected - around 9-30 AM. We walked the Mint Spring trail up to the nice spot, where 5 trails go in different directions. There we took the Wilderness of Rocks trail #44, and from its southernmost point went another 2.4 miles to the Romero Pass. Then we took the West Fork trail, and at 4 PM went to Hutch's Pool. We rested there for about an hour, bathed, and then walked the remaining distance up to Sabino Canyon rectreation area. It became dark at about 6-30, but we had headlamps, so it was not a problem. It is a must to carry plenty of water. We carried about 3 liter per person, and it was barely enough.

Went on this hike on 01/13/2018, on a beautiful sunny day, 70 degrees. Make sure you take a right at the sign before the trail begins. It is a little steep towards the top but the views are amazing.

Very Easy and nice views!

great trail. Stay on right side when entering trail for best views. Bring lots of water and a hiking stick.

Great hike! Trail is a little rocky.

This park is a 5 star because of the nature center and cave. The trail is very well marked and pretty easy. Saw a couple deer, heard quail and saw a wild pig. Great hike.

trail running
Sunday, July 16, 2017

Definitely an easy difficulty. Take the free trail map in the welcome center if you want. I ran it at 10 am and I was the only soul around. It was 87 degrees so not too hot, I had a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of water and I was fine. View at the top is pretty decent, its just slightly more steep to get there. I definitely had my eyes peeled for snakes the whole time. Most of the trail was Rocky.

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

This was a nice dessert hike. The trail is fairly easy, but it was a bit warm and I think it was closer to moderate for the kids. There is an option to hike to a summit off the main loop, which I did by myself while others rested. I'd say that was moderate to difficult and not kid or dog friendly. Good hike overall. I could see doing it again if I was doing a caverns tour.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The trail is easy to follow. My dog and I completed the trail in 2 hours. The views from the top are nice.

Pretty easy but scenic and enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2 hours. Right side more scenic. Not sure if theres a fee for trail day use. interesting rock formations.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

I would rate this as a moderate hike due to loose rocks on trail and some of the inclines.

hiking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

short trail but still a good workout

Thoroughly enjoyed this hike!! A great rock trail with some hill climbing and great vistas. Saw deer. Trekking poles were helpful. Wild flowers are just starting. Recommend.

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

This was a fun hike, and a little challenging! Definitely worth it, I took my dog and he loved splashing around in the washes. I'd recommend it!

Too rocky for my toddler. I carried her most of the way.

love the mountain top view

Nice Trail. Easier going clockwise I believe. Good views!

Enjoyable loop with enough up-and-down to get the muscles working. The view from the Mountaintop View spur is terrific, and well-worth the detour. I hiked the loop from the campground in a clockwise direction, and covered the loop with spur, plus a few stops for photos, in two hours.

There are numerous rest stops along the trail, with benches placed for convenient breaks. Metal plates with numbers are near most of these, and I think they may correspond to a self-guided tour. A short distance from the Visitor Center is a location with a couple of "bedrock mortars," left over from when the native people of the region ground local plants into flour at the location.

hiking
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Guindani Loop Trail is 4.2 miles in length. This loop can be hiked by following the trail to the right at the fork that is ¼ mile from the parking lot. This takes you back into the canyon with multiple crossings of the wash until you start the steep climb up to the ridge. At the saddle the view is spectacular of the San Pedro Valley. Now the trail begins a long downhill hike back to the parking lot.

Nice hike, ended with the cavern tour--take it!

Loved it! Quick 2.5 mile hike before we headed to the airport in Tucson, AZ to fly home. Gorgeous, clear 75 degree day with the most amazing panoramic views!

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