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Explore the best rated trails in Tucson, AZ. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Cañada del Oro River Park Trail and Santa Cruz River Park Trail. With more than 12 trails covering 126 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
The Julian Wash Greenway is one of five sections of the 56-mile continuous multi-use path around Tucson. I have been walking the Loop in sections for almost two years. I should be done by year's end.
While the path itself is in good shape, the big flaw to this section is its many homeless people, especially on its western part nearing downtown. People live in the culverts, the overpasses, under thick shade trees in the washes. They don't bother me because I always walk with at least one dog by my side, but the trash they leave behind can get overwhelming.
This is also the industrialized part of Tucson. The eastern part goes south of the Davis-Monthan Air Force base, where new homes are being built along the interstate.
There is very little shade along this stretch. Water is available in the parks along the way, with flush toilets.
There are two blocks where the path is the actual street, east of the Los Ninos Park.
This is the least-used section of the Loop.
The Rattlesnake Bridge is really cool and neat for kids. This area is easy access to 4th Avenue which is a mauve, cool bar and grungy student section. BikeArizona.org of The Arizona Bicycle Association ranks the Tucson Loop as the number one biking trail in the state of Arizona. Great place to take kids.
The trail was very nice, but go with caution. Lots of homeless living along the trail.
Started from Tucson Mall (off of Oracle Road) and rode west on the southside of the river bed to the end of trail as shown in this trail description. However, the trail continues on many more miles as part of the Huckleberry loop. The trail is wide and smooth. With lots of trail users out and about. Good signage. We did the other end of the trail last time in Tucson and enjoyed that section also. Highly recommend this trail.
We started at National Park parking lot and rode down hill to just about the end of the trail. Trail surface is old and very rough with plenty of linear cracking. After mile 1.6 the surface improved for a distance. Several major street crossings are encounter with signals for when to cross. We turned around when the trail narrowed down to an elevated concrete path just a couple feet wide. The trail is adjacent to Old Spanish Trail road which is wide with bike lanes on both sides of it. The surface is smooth. We saw a number of road bike folks in the bike lanes, none on the trail. Think I would vote to remove this one from Trail Link’s list of trails. Plenty more in Tucson of much better quality.
Worth the drive from Phoenix to do this. Got off at Ina and left from the first parking lot. Went all the way to Craycroft where we thought the trail ended (it looks like it) don’t be fooled go up, cross over and it keeps going and going. We went 20+ and turned around. Delightful! Enough bathrooms. Options for lunch if you go off path and go to a main road. Seating areas in the shade for a break. Lots of cyclists on a weekday hot morning.
I have logged literally 1000s of miles on this path both day and night, from Craycroft to Marana and have always felt safe. Gorgeous views and friendly people.
I skated from the parking lot at E 22nd to Michael Perry Park & back. On the way there, there were two spots with hills but I was able to manage them ok as a beginner skater, although it did feel a bit fast on the downhill. On the way back, I did the first downhill slope & it felt too fast for me & I felt off-balance a few times. When I got to the 2nd downhill, I chose to take the side path onto the sidewalk along the street & ended up taking that all the way back because there wasn't a great spot to cross back over. I would consider myself a beginner but did used to roller blade a lot indoors around 28 years ago, so not completely new to roller blading.
The trail is nice & it was fun to skate while my kids rode their bikes, then have that break at the park before returning.
Definitely love it.. The only negative i see is that a soon gets dark under the bridge homeless sleeps there make it unsafe. Almost tripped with one. But the ride is awesome.
From La Cholla to the interstate you will find, nearly every day, people sleeping or evidence of them living on or nearby the path, specifically the bridges. I found and documented over 2 dozen tents in the river itself in this stretch. Mostly harmless people I'm sure but its enough to feel defensive and threatened.
Most of the path is beautiful! Riding alone is great except that almost every bridge and intersection you will not be alone. You will find people sleeping on or near the path, evidence of people living on or near the path, and gratuitous litter in these hot spots. Obviously it is mostly safe but for many miles it does not feel or look safe
This trail is part of The Loop, the multi-use trail that has been built around Tucson. We were vacationing in the area and, along with riding the trail as part of the larger loop, we also used it as a great ride into downtown Tucson for lunch. It was nicely paved, not hilly, and there was art staged at various places along the way. There isn't much shade, but that was not a concern in February/March. Some of the signage was difficult to decipher, but we had a printed trail map, and that helped us to navigate the way.
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