5 Easy Hikes in Tucson

Tucson is nestled between 4 mountain ranges in the Sonoran desert and offers many miles of hiking trails. However if just the thought of hiking makes you tired, don’t fret – we’ve put together a list of short hikes in the Tucson area just for you. The trails on this list are easy hikes that still offer beautiful desert views.

Linda Vista Trail

Distance: Just under 1 mile
Location: 730 E. Linda Vista Road
Best for: Views of the Catalina Mountains and gorgeous sunsets
The Linda Vista Trail is located in a suburb just 20 minutes outside of Tucson, and around the corner from Catalina State Park. The trail is well-marked and affords views of the Catalina Mountains, making this a popular hiking spot. Because it is heavily-trafficked and in close proximity to Tucson, this is a great trail for novice hikers. The Linda Vista trail is just under 1 mile and there is a minimal elevation gain.

Canyon Loop Trail at Catalina State Park

Distance: 2.3 miles
Location: 11570 N Oracle Rd
Best for: Well-maintained trails, giant cacti and bird-watching
Catalina State Park sits at an elevation of 3,000 ft. at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The park has a number of trails that give hikers the chance to see Saguaro Cacti, birds, and wildflowers in bloom in the springtime. The Catalina loop trail is relatively flat, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to take your picture next to giant cacti!

Saguaro Vista Trail at Sweetwater Preserve

Distance: 11 miles of interconnected trails
Location: 4001 N Tortolita Rd
Best for: Hiking close to the city
If you’re looking for a dose of nature nearby the city, then check out Sweetwater Preserve. The old homestead turned park has 11 miles of interconnected trails so you can customize the distance of your hike to your preference. The park has plenty of Saguaro cacti but they offer minimal shade, so this hike is best done in the morning or evening when temperatures are usually cooler.

Valley View Overlook Trail at Saguaro National Park West

Distance: 0.8 miles roundtrip
Location: 2700 N Kinney Rd
Best for: Close proximity to Old Tucson, International Wildlife Museum
While the mountain views from the Western section of the park are not as dramatic as the views from the East entrance, the visitor’s center offers a pretty view of hundreds of Saguaro Cacti. The main draw of this hike is the overlook which affords views of the regional mountains. This trail is conveniently located near popular attractions and ideal for visitors who are looking to fit some nature into a full day of exploring the area.

Hidden Canyon Trail

Distance: 2 mile loop.
Location: 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd (Starts at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort)
Best for: Going off the beaten path
Although close to downtown, this trail is something of a hidden gem. It doesn’t see much foot traffic, perhaps because the entrance is located inside of a resort, but it is free and open to the public. The trail is sloping and the elevation gain is minimal, making this trail suitable for nearly everyone. This spot is known for gorgeous sunsets, and in the springtime, brightly-colored wildflowers dot the landscape.
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