Santa Cruz River Park Trail

Trail Map

Description Suggest an Edit

The Santa Cruz River Park Trail follows the Santa Cruz River throughout Tucson, providing access to various amenities and neighborhoods, as well as the Rillito River Park Trail, Cañada del Oro River Park Trail and Julian Wash Greenway. It offers more than 40 miles of pathway along both sides of the river, which is a dry wash during most of the year.

Much of the paved trail is paralleled by a soft-surface path preferred by equestrians and joggers. The greenway is also part of a larger trail network called The Loop that will one day encompass 130 miles of trail throughout Tucson.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Santa Cruz River Park Trail wherever it crosses a road. Parking is available at the following locations:

  • the ballfields off El Camino del Cerro west of the river
  • Christopher Columbus Park off Silverbell Road
  • off Riverview Boulevard just north of where it meets Apache Drive
  • at the end of Ontario Street at Riverside Road
  • a trailhead shared with the Julian Wash Greenway on Santa Cruz Lane (south of Silverlake Road)


Enjoyable ride (long review, nostalgia included)

   January, 2017 by trikesterhal

Arrived in Tucson two weeks before the 34th El Tour de Tucson (early November 2016). I stayed at the Candlewood Suites on River Road. The parking lot adjoins the Rillito River Trail which is part of the Loop system. I used to ride my bicycle where the more

Good mostly flat ride without much user congestion

   December, 2012 by websissy

Nice trail without a lot of road crossings. It's open now (as of my writing this review) north to a small neighborhood park with water and shade called El Rio Park that's just north of Twin Peaks Road. There is only one major road crossing on this more