Saguaro National Park Hiking Trail Guide


Saguaro National Park Hiking Trail Guide

Saguaro National Park offers more than 160 miles of hiking trails, ranging from short interpretive hikes to day-long adventures in the Saguaro wilderness (designated in 1976). There are five trailheads which provide access to the Park's roughly 58,000 acres of desert and mountain terrain. Depending on the trail, be prepared for elevation gain of as much as 5,000 feet. Saguaro also offers the rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of the famous American symbol of the west, the Giant Saguaro.  Below we’ve listed a few of our favorite hikes in the park, everything from easy leg-stretchers to backcountry adventures, just CLICK on any trail below for detailed trail information

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Easy Trails in Saguaro National Park
Moderate Trails in Saguaro National Park
Difficult Trails in Saguaro National Park

Easy Trails in Saguaro National Park

These Saguaro trails are easy family friendly hikes or a perfect way to stretch your legs and escape Tucson on your lunch hour. Click for a full trail break down with integrated field guides. 

Signal Hill Petroglyphs Trail

0.5 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Signal Hill Petroglyphs Trail is a very easy family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park a short drive from Tucson.

Saguaro Valley View Trail

0.8 (miles)

 Very Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Valley View Trail is a very easy family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park just minutes away from Tuscon.

Freeman Homestead Trail

1 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Freeman Homestead Trail is an easy kid friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park that is sure to please the whole family.

Saguaro Desert Ecology Trail

0.25 (miles)

 Very Easy

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Saguaro Desert Ecology Trail is a very easy kid friendly and ADA accessible hike in Saguaro National Park.

Ridge View Trail (SNP)

1.6 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~225 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Ridge View Trail is an easy family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park a short drive from Tucson Arizona.

Saguaro Cactus Wren Trail

3 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

~250 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

The Cactus Wren Trail is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson.

Ringtail Trail (SNP)

2 (miles)

 Easy

Out & Back

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

The Ringtail Trail is an easy family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park that connects to several other trails.

Moderate Trails in Saguaro National Park

These Saguaro National Park hiking trails are a bit longer and have a little bit of elevation change. You can expect to plan on hiking for at least a couple of hours, so make sure to carry plenty of water. Click any trail for a full guide with integrated field guides. 

Garwood Loop

5.6 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~800 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Garwood Loop is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park a short drive from Tucson.

Deer Valley Loop (SNP)

4.1 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

~675 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Deer Valley Loop is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona.

Loma Verde Loop

3.4 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

Minimal (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Loma Verde Loop is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson.

Cactus Forest Trail (SNP)

5 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~550 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Cactus Forest Trail is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona.

Hope Camp Trail

5.6 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~525 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Hope Camp Trail is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona.

Sendero Esperanza Trail

6.4 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~1325 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Sendero Esperanza Trail is a moderate day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson Arizona.

Cam-boh Trail

5.4 (miles)

 Moderate

Out & Back

~200 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

The Cam-boh Trail is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson.

Difficult Trails in Saguaro National Park

These are tough hikes in Saguaro.  Plan on hiking all day and make sure you are prepared and have plenty of water, especially in the summertime.  These hikes are long, have a lot of elevation change and can be extremely strenuous for even the most seasoned hiker. 

Hugh Norris Trail

9.8 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~2100 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Hugh Norris Trail is a difficult day hike in Saguaro National Park that features tremendous scenery a short drive from Tucson Arizona.

King Canyon Trail (SNP)

6 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~2100 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

King Canyon Trail is a moderate family friendly day hike in Saguaro National Park near Tucson.

Saguaro Sweetwater Trail

7.2 (miles)

 Difficult

Out & Back

~1500 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arizona

Saguaro

Sweetwater Trail is a moderate day hike in Saguaro National Park minutes away from Tuscon.