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

Great drive especially for those not wanting to get to far from the city. Found a few hiking spots on this road too. There aren't necessarily marked but some are legitimate trails. I found them using this app.

scenic driving
5 months ago

A nice loop drive through a very small portion of the park. If you are able, get out of the car and explore a trail!

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
6 months ago

Fun little quick hike, to the top of the mountain paved inclining road,, took a trail of the side of the mountain, it was ok,, very rocky but very cool porous rocks!! Will try again when limited on time like today!! First hike of the yr!!

7 months ago

This shows the road loop. There many hiking trails with old mine shafts, bunkers. Good climbs nice single track. A great place to get out so close to town.

Scenery is beautiful. We went because we could take our dogs. Dog owners should know that aside from the paved ten mile loop, there are only two “trails” you can take your dogs on (the dirt road in/out to Micah point, which is a pretty dull and straight walk; and the pretty but very short Ecology Trail). For the most part, you and pup will be sharing the road with cars and cyclists. We thought this would be unpleasant for our pups, but cyclists were considerate, and
cars traveled slowly. So even with all these qualifiers - we had a great time and purchased a season pass!

hiking
9 months ago

a very nice easy hike lots of ups and downs my mother loved it because it was a paved Road which it made her feel more secure. lots of beautiful desert scenery surrounded by saguaro cactus well worth your time to check it out.

11 months ago

Short trail with a scenic view. However it is labeled as dog friendly. This is not the case on the trail, there is broken beer bottle glass across the entire trail. DO NOT bring your dog!

walking
11 months ago

I like to do A mountain in the evenings during the work week. It's a quick and easy way to keep your mountain legs on a low idle until the weekend. I really don't think this should be rated "moderate". It's paved, and while it's a little steep, it is not long. It's not really a trail. You just walk along the road. You have to watch for traffic, as a lot of people come up for the sunset. Many of them are more worried about strutting and posturing than watching the road, but the views of Tucson, especially when the season permits darkness before the 8 o'clock closing time, are pretty cool.

lovely drive

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.

scenic driving
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great views. spotted a coyote.

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.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

this is a nice loop. saw evidence of wildlife

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

walking
Friday, October 28, 2016

went to the visitors center, staff was very helpful. The trails are located inside of Saguaro Natural park. The 9 mile loop is a driveable scenic route, and was $10 per car pass good for 7 days!. I drove down to Mica view picnic area. There is a nice paved trail that leads to other unpaved trails along inside of that area. went before sunset. It was beautiful and quiet out there. On the trail I had the privileged if seeing a Jackrabbit! a pretty big one too! had a relaxing time.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

This is a great little hike with some beautiful desert views.

road biking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

This is like your favorite amusement park ride for a road bike. I love it! Be careful of the first downhill turn (the ranger always tells you and there's a sign but in case you go early be aware). There's a gnarly climb on the back side. You'll use every gear on this amazing ride thru saguaros!

hiking
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Spent a day here just exploring gulches and following javelina tracks around the desert :D . The possibilities in this park are endless.

scenic driving
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My family and I did this drive en route between Phoenix and Las Cruces, and it was well worth the detour! The scenery is beautiful and unique, and the entire excursion can be done in around 90 minutes (including stops at overlooks and the visitor center).

hiking
Thursday, June 13, 2013

I have hiked all the medium / medium hard trails in the park. Stop at the rangers station off of Old Spanish Trail and pick up a map -- the one on the NP website is out of date. Pick any of the three main trial heads (Speedway, Broadway, or Old Spanish trail) and head out. I have not walked the paved trail that this post refers to, but all the others. There are a wide range of difficulty available. Consult with the ranger for specifics.

scenic driving
Monday, June 10, 2013

A scenic drive through the Desert in the Saguaro National Park. It's graded, but it's winding and narrow.

scenic driving
Thursday, April 11, 2013

This loop drive is in the East Unit of the Saguaro NP. You start at the visitor's center, and drive clockwise on a graded loop road. It is quite a scenic drive, and has several hiking trails.

scenic driving
Thursday, March 10, 2011

I had never seen such a concentration of cacti and other sesert plants - far more than in NJ! This was a pleasant, scenic drive, with a couple of nice, easy side hikes. Watch out for the cactus needles close to the trail, and bring water!

scenic driving
Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Everyone close enough should make at least four trips a year down this terrific scenic highway. You will see the high desert and desert plants alongside the road in each season. But the best time, if you have only ONE trip to take is the spring. Check out the wildflowers, including a short trip down Cactus Forest Road when you get to that turn-off. Check out whether wildflowers are in bloom first. My record is for the time I got to take great pictures. I would have given it 5 stars a few years ago, but more development and less attention to keeping up the roadside make it less than it used to be - still good, though.

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