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Desert Ecology Trail

Saguaro East District, Tucson, AZ
+1 520-733-5153
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Absolutely Beautiful! and well worth your time.

We hit this trail on our way to the airport just trying to kill some time before our flight. So... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
One of the few dog friendly trails

We went on the trail because we had our dog with us and this is one of the only dog friendly trails... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2017
Brenna R
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Saguaro East District, Tucson, AZ
+1 520-733-5153
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

We hit this trail on our way to the airport just trying to kill some time before our flight. So glad we stopped, and will definitely go back to spend more time. This trail was a nice length for us as we weren't prepared for...More

Thank wjanocha
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We went on the trail because we had our dog with us and this is one of the only dog friendly trails in the national Park. It was interesting with some information on the boards and there were some places to rest if you needed...More

Thank Brenna R
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This flat, paved, quarter-mile loop marks the first trail stop for those driving the park's Cactus Forest Loop Drive. We stopped and parked in one of the spaces here on a weekday morning when no one else was around. I had a friend with me,...More

2  Thank Rumples
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Since this is almost in our backyard, we come here often. Love the Loop drive through the Park. However, we have never walked this Trail, as the small parking lot was always full. There are about seven parking spots there, and a few times, we...More

3  Thank NYU62
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a short .25 mile paved loop that introduces folks to the plants and animals they will see during their visit. Great for kids, strollers, and folks who use mobility assist devices (wheelchairs, walkers, etc).

3  Thank Andy f
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

My granddaughter and I walked on this trail while visiting the park. The entire trail was blacktop and a very short walk. It's not at all strenuous. It's a nice opportunity to walk thru the dessert and see all the different types of plant life...More

2  Thank JubileeJerry
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Just 1/4 mile with some signs telling about some of the vegetation. It was a quickly easy little trail. I enjoyed it but wouldn't want to do it again.

Thank Natsy42
Reviewed 11 January 2016

This is a nice walk to do if you have very limited time. It's only about half a mile, paved, and flat. It has informational signs along the path telling about the local flora and fauna. We went in the winter, but I can imagine...More

2  Thank skipitgood
Reviewed 2 September 2015

Spotted this area as we were getting ready to leave the park. Thought we would stop and check it out. It was well worth the stop. It was handicap accessible, and with my wife temporarily in a wheel chair, it was a perfect spot to...More

Reviewed 27 October 2014

Halfway through the loop drive, this trail gets you walking around Saguaro and mesquite. It's not very long, but hot. Bring water.

Thank dmadeo
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