The Deer Valley Loop is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona. The park says “from the trailhead, proceed south on Wildhorse Trail. After crossing Bajada Wash enjoy the views of upland saguaro forest. Horse riding has been traditional here since the early 1900’s among residents & visitors. At the triple trail junction bear right on Garwood Trail. In 2010 unusual saguaros here included a 4- trunker, a cluster of 13 (at first hilltop) and a cristate at the wash crossing. Turn right onto the Carrillo Trail. Here is a splendid view of cactus forest where, in season, you might hear water running in the nearby wash. Proceed downhill and turn right onto the Deer Valley Trail with views west. At Squeeze Pen Trail turn left then immediately right down Deer Valley Wash. Notice the deep-rooted mesquite trees along the banks of the wash. Stay in the wash crossing Vanover Trail then turn right on Shantz Trail. Pass through a stand of scattered large saguaros with the sights and sounds of civilization on this last mile back to the trailhead.” There is camping available in Saguaro National Park.
Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Saguaro National Park 3693 South Old Spanish Trail Tucson, AZ 85730