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Length
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Arroyo Chico Greenway

2.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

11 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway

5.7 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

David Bell Multi-Use Path

3.1 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

El Paso & Southwestern Greenway

0.2 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Golf Links-Aviation Path

9.4 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Harrison Greenway

5 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Julian Wash Greenway

17.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt, Concrete

Pantano River Park Trail

5.9 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Patagonia Train Track Trail

2 mi
State: AZ
Dirt

Rillito River Park Trail

21.8 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

41.8 mi
State: AZ
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Tucson's Arroyo Chico Greenway is a developing urban trail that will eventually link the city's downtown area and the University of Arizona with popular Gene C. Reid Park. Three trail segments are...
AZ 2.9 mi Asphalt
The Cañada del Oro River Park Trail follows its namesake waterway in the northern suburbs of Tucson from a junction with the longer Santa Cruz River Park Trail in Marana to Oro Valley. The recently...
AZ 11 mi Asphalt
The Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway closely follows Old Spanish Trail, a road that connects residential areas of Tucson with Saguaro National Park, for its entire route. Compared to some of the other...
AZ 5.7 mi Asphalt
The David Bell Multi-Use Path forms a loop around Tucson's Randolph Golf Complex, which contains both Randolph North Golf Course and Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course. The paved trail, a popular jogging...
AZ 3.1 mi Asphalt
Only a tiny portion of the El Paso & Southwestern Greenway is currently open in Tucson. Built as part of the development of the city's Fire Central building (a large and modern fire station that...
AZ 0.2 mi Asphalt
The Golf Links-Aviation Path begins in downtown Tucson and runs southeast, following busy Barraza-Aviation Parkway (State Route 210) and later Golf Links Road—hence the trail's name. Road noise can be...
AZ 9.4 mi Asphalt
The Harrison Greenway is a useful north–south connection between the Pantano River Park Trail and Julian Wash Greenway (via a brief on-road route). All three trails are integral components of a larger...
AZ 5 mi Asphalt
The Julian Wash Greenway showcases the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert as it travels from a junction with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail to S. Rita Road in southeastern Tucson. The trail offers...
AZ 17.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail, also known as the Railroad Grade Trail, is a rustic hiking and equestrian trail in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area outside of Patagonia, Arizona. The area...
AZ 5 mi Dirt
The Pantano River Park Trail follows Pantano Wash northwest from a junction with the Harrison Greenway to Tanque Verde Road, providing direct trail access to thousands of residents of Tucson. The...
AZ 5.9 mi Asphalt
The Patagonia Train Track Trail is a loop trail that begins and ends in the tiny Arizona town of Patagonia. One half of the trail follows the old railbed of the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, which...
AZ 2 mi Dirt
The Rillito River Park Trail runs along both sides of its namesake river, from N. Craycroft Road to under Interstate 10, where it links with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail. The trail is fully paved,...
AZ 21.8 mi Asphalt
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...
AZ 41.8 mi Asphalt

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Harrison Greenway

AZ - 5 miles

The Harrison Greenway is a useful north–south connection between the Pantano River Park Trail and Julian Wash Greenway (via a brief on-road route). All three trails are integral components of a larger...

Pantano River Park Trail

AZ - 5.9 miles

The Pantano River Park Trail follows Pantano Wash northwest from a junction with the Harrison Greenway to Tanque Verde Road, providing direct trail access to thousands of residents of Tucson. The...

David Bell Multi-Use Path

AZ - 3.1 miles

The David Bell Multi-Use Path forms a loop around Tucson's Randolph Golf Complex, which contains both Randolph North Golf Course and Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course. The paved trail, a popular jogging...

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

AZ - 41.8 miles

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...

Accordion

Arroyo Chico Greenway

AZ - 2.9 miles

Tucson's Arroyo Chico Greenway is a developing urban trail that will eventually link the city's downtown area and the University of Arizona with popular Gene C. Reid Park. Three trail segments are...

Golf Links-Aviation Path

AZ - 9.4 miles

The Golf Links-Aviation Path begins in downtown Tucson and runs southeast, following busy Barraza-Aviation Parkway (State Route 210) and later Golf Links Road—hence the trail's name. Road noise can be...

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

AZ - 11 miles

The Cañada del Oro River Park Trail follows its namesake waterway in the northern suburbs of Tucson from a junction with the longer Santa Cruz River Park Trail in Marana to Oro Valley. The recently...

Julian Wash Greenway

AZ - 17.9 miles

The Julian Wash Greenway showcases the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert as it travels from a junction with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail to S. Rita Road in southeastern Tucson. The trail offers...

El Paso & Southwestern Greenway

AZ - 0.2 miles

Only a tiny portion of the El Paso & Southwestern Greenway is currently open in Tucson. Built as part of the development of the city's Fire Central building (a large and modern fire station that...

Rillito River Park Trail

AZ - 21.8 miles

The Rillito River Park Trail runs along both sides of its namesake river, from N. Craycroft Road to under Interstate 10, where it links with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail. The trail is fully paved,...

Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway

AZ - 5.7 miles

The Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway closely follows Old Spanish Trail, a road that connects residential areas of Tucson with Saguaro National Park, for its entire route. Compared to some of the other...

Patagonia Train Track Trail

AZ - 2 miles

The Patagonia Train Track Trail is a loop trail that begins and ends in the tiny Arizona town of Patagonia. One half of the trail follows the old railbed of the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, which...

Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway

AZ - 5.7 miles

The Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway closely follows Old Spanish Trail, a road that connects residential areas of Tucson with Saguaro National Park, for its entire route. Compared to some of the other...

El Paso & Southwestern Greenway

AZ - 0.2 miles

Only a tiny portion of the El Paso & Southwestern Greenway is currently open in Tucson. Built as part of the development of the city's Fire Central building (a large and modern fire station that...

Harrison Greenway

AZ - 5 miles

The Harrison Greenway is a useful north–south connection between the Pantano River Park Trail and Julian Wash Greenway (via a brief on-road route). All three trails are integral components of a larger...

Accordion

Pantano River Park Trail

AZ - 5.9 miles

The Pantano River Park Trail follows Pantano Wash northwest from a junction with the Harrison Greenway to Tanque Verde Road, providing direct trail access to thousands of residents of Tucson. The...

New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail

AZ - 5 miles

The New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail, also known as the Railroad Grade Trail, is a rustic hiking and equestrian trail in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area outside of Patagonia, Arizona. The area...

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

AZ - 11 miles

The Cañada del Oro River Park Trail follows its namesake waterway in the northern suburbs of Tucson from a junction with the longer Santa Cruz River Park Trail in Marana to Oro Valley. The recently...

Julian Wash Greenway

AZ - 17.9 miles

The Julian Wash Greenway showcases the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert as it travels from a junction with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail to S. Rita Road in southeastern Tucson. The trail offers...

Golf Links-Aviation Path

AZ - 9.4 miles

The Golf Links-Aviation Path begins in downtown Tucson and runs southeast, following busy Barraza-Aviation Parkway (State Route 210) and later Golf Links Road—hence the trail's name. Road noise can be...

Arroyo Chico Greenway

AZ - 2.9 miles

Tucson's Arroyo Chico Greenway is a developing urban trail that will eventually link the city's downtown area and the University of Arizona with popular Gene C. Reid Park. Three trail segments are...

Rillito River Park Trail

AZ - 21.8 miles

The Rillito River Park Trail runs along both sides of its namesake river, from N. Craycroft Road to under Interstate 10, where it links with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail. The trail is fully paved,...

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

AZ - 41.8 miles

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...

David Bell Multi-Use Path

AZ - 3.1 miles

The David Bell Multi-Use Path forms a loop around Tucson's Randolph Golf Complex, which contains both Randolph North Golf Course and Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course. The paved trail, a popular jogging...

David Bell Multi-Use Path

AZ - 3.1 miles

The David Bell Multi-Use Path forms a loop around Tucson's Randolph Golf Complex, which contains both Randolph North Golf Course and Randolph Dell Urich Golf Course. The paved trail, a popular jogging...

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

AZ - 11 miles

The Cañada del Oro River Park Trail follows its namesake waterway in the northern suburbs of Tucson from a junction with the longer Santa Cruz River Park Trail in Marana to Oro Valley. The recently...

Pantano River Park Trail

AZ - 5.9 miles

The Pantano River Park Trail follows Pantano Wash northwest from a junction with the Harrison Greenway to Tanque Verde Road, providing direct trail access to thousands of residents of Tucson. The...

El Paso & Southwestern Greenway

AZ - 0.2 miles

Only a tiny portion of the El Paso & Southwestern Greenway is currently open in Tucson. Built as part of the development of the city's Fire Central building (a large and modern fire station that...

Accordion

New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail

AZ - 5 miles

The New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail, also known as the Railroad Grade Trail, is a rustic hiking and equestrian trail in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area outside of Patagonia, Arizona. The area...

Patagonia Train Track Trail

AZ - 2 miles

The Patagonia Train Track Trail is a loop trail that begins and ends in the tiny Arizona town of Patagonia. One half of the trail follows the old railbed of the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad, which...

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

AZ - 41.8 miles

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...

Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway

AZ - 5.7 miles

The Dan Yersavich Memorial Bikeway closely follows Old Spanish Trail, a road that connects residential areas of Tucson with Saguaro National Park, for its entire route. Compared to some of the other...

Harrison Greenway

AZ - 5 miles

The Harrison Greenway is a useful north–south connection between the Pantano River Park Trail and Julian Wash Greenway (via a brief on-road route). All three trails are integral components of a larger...

Julian Wash Greenway

AZ - 17.9 miles

The Julian Wash Greenway showcases the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert as it travels from a junction with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail to S. Rita Road in southeastern Tucson. The trail offers...

Rillito River Park Trail

AZ - 21.8 miles

The Rillito River Park Trail runs along both sides of its namesake river, from N. Craycroft Road to under Interstate 10, where it links with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail. The trail is fully paved,...

Arroyo Chico Greenway

AZ - 2.9 miles

Tucson's Arroyo Chico Greenway is a developing urban trail that will eventually link the city's downtown area and the University of Arizona with popular Gene C. Reid Park. Three trail segments are...

Golf Links-Aviation Path

AZ - 9.4 miles

The Golf Links-Aviation Path begins in downtown Tucson and runs southeast, following busy Barraza-Aviation Parkway (State Route 210) and later Golf Links Road—hence the trail's name. Road noise can be...

Recent Trail Reviews

Julian Wash Greenway

Would have been a 5 if more scenery - a great trail!

April, 2017 by acannefax

This trail, as noted, is part of what is called "The Loop" that is being developed by Tucson. It will eventually be 131 miles. They even have "The Loop" jerseys, arm warmers and leg warmers for sale! I stuck to the Julian Wash Greenway, but could have easily caught connecting parts of the trail. A woman who rode with me for a bit had already been riding 30 miles on the trails. I started riding at Thomas Jay regional park and went west. It goes about 9 miles west. The first parts are fairly scenic, passing 2 or 3 more parks, but then it gets a bit urban - having to cross several major intersections. However - the trail is very well marked, and the intersections are at traffic lights, so the crossings are safe. I then came back and went about 2.5 miles east. This again, was a bit scenic but not much. The pavement is awesome, it is nice and wide, with lots of friendly cyclists on the trail. Thanks to Tucson for doing this!!!

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

Awesome views of the mountains, wide open spaces

January, 2017 by trikesterhal

I was in town to ride in the 34th El Tour de Tucson, November of 2016. From the Candlewood Suites on River Road I connected to the Loop on the Rillito River Trail (from the parking lot!). I crossed to the south side of the Rillito at Camino de la Tierra (fast traffic, dump trucks, rough pavement...be careful!). On the Rillito I connected to the Santa Cruz Trail and rode north catching the CDO Trail just north of Orange Grove Road.

The trail heads NE and is generally a gentle uphill grade all the way to where I turned around at N Oracle Road. It wasn't exhausting, just constant pedaling. On a recumbent trike I wasn't going more than 6 or 7 mph, but that's what I like about the trike. I could focus on the vistas and just enjoy the ambiance of the ride especially the views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

On the return I was now going downhill most of the way. I shifted into the big ring and cruised along at about 15 mph enjoying the self-made breeze. It was a Friday and traffic on the trail was light.

According to Strava I rode 28.6 miles at an average of 7.7 mph (max of 22 mph) climbing a total of 501 feet. The nice thing was expending the most energy on the climb and then enjoying the ease of the return trip. This trail is a fun ride.

Santa Cruz River Park Trail

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 hotel now sits.

My trip was particularly nostalgic because I grew up within a mile of the hotel in the late 50s and early 60s. I was enjoying riding as well as being on home turf. It's changed a bit, indeed, but it was home to me. I hadn't had a serious visit in nearly thirty years.

The morning I rode the Santa Cruz Trail was cool, sunny and clear warming into the low 80s F. I rode NW via the Rillito, crossing over to the south side at N Camino de la Tierra (public street, fast traffic, dump trucks, rough pavement). Coming back up onto the trail there are restrooms and water. Continuing on NW I crossed under I-10 and connected with the Santa Cruz Trail heading back SE. The trail is paved and you will parallel I-10, passing businesses (trucking, sand/gravel, construction) until you reach Camino del Cerro where you cross (you hop into the median to cross, watch the traffic) and now parallel the river (east side). The views down into the river are majestic.

Side note: I find that people either love the desert or hate it. Maybe it's because I grew up here that sand runs in my veins and cacti permeate my dreams, but I love the Sonoran Desert. Seeing the giant Saguaro and other cacti, lizards, Gambel Quail, the Santa Catalina Mountains... Sigh..... Hey, I'm retired now and I'm moving here in time to catch the spring flowers. I don't mind the summer heat and I tell people that the frogs wear headbands and carry canteens. Some get it and some don't. 8-]

Back to the trail now. I continued on south along the river passing an impressive solar farm and a water treatment plant (didn't have to hold my nose). I passed under Grant Road, Speedway and St. Mary's all the way to Congress where I would have to cross Congress itself (near downtown) if I continued SE. At that point I crossed, in a bike lane, to the west side of the river and headed back NW.

The ride back north took me along the river in places and through some picturesque open spaces until I crossed again at Camino del Cerro. From there I backtracked to the hotel. It was a an enjoyable ride covering 26.5 miles at an average of 7.8 mph on my Catrike 559, according to Strava. When I return I'll be riding a Catrike Dumont. I'm counting the days.

There were no challenging climbs and the views were spacious. I enjoyed the ride and traffic on the trail was light since it was Monday. I recommend this trail for the views and the wide open spaces. In another several days I would be riding 37 miles in El Tour de Tucson. That's another story.

Accordion

Pantano River Park Trail

Nicely Done

October, 2016 by acewickwire

We started on the east end of the trail at the Michael Perry Park (nice park and plenty of parking). Rode to the west end of the trail. Path is plenty wide and smooth. Did have to detour to the west side of the "river" at Speedway, as a new main road bridge is being built across the river bed. The trail does end a short distance from the Tanque Verde road crossing. All the street crossings are under the main roads. Other trail users were generally friendly with a good morning. The east end of the trail connects to the Harrison Road trail. Over all enjoyed the ride. Would recommend this one while in Tucson.

Rillito River Park Trail

Popular on Saturday Morning

October, 2016 by acewickwire

We started at the park off of Craycroft road. Traveled by bike 8 miles to the west on the north side of the "river". Path is very nicely paved with wide and narrow sections. Some of the bridges are also narrow but have plenty of signage warning in advance. Only one street crossing required, with the rest going under the main crossing streets. As title states, lots of bike riders, walker/joggers and a few horse riders on the trail. Still was a nice ride and a smooth surface. Most of the folks passing did give warning but not everyone was so courteous.

Golf Links-Aviation Path

Slap in the Face

October, 2016 by acewickwire

Becareful when riding this one, lots of low hanging branches. Trail is nothing special and way over due some maintenance. One section had large cracks in the asphalt. Lots of trash along the trail and only recommend a day time ride thru this area. Only recommend this as a need some exercise and are in the local area. Otherwise skip it and check out one of the other Tucson rides.

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

Good One

October, 2016 by acewickwire

We started at the Green Memorial River Park trail head off of Shannon Road. Nice trail head with restroom and plenty of parking. Traveled north about 5.5 miles. Trail surface is very good and width varies by section. Plenty of users on the trail and most were friendly with a good morning. Wouldn't want to do this one in the summer or mid-afternoon, does have some shade along the way but gets toasty early in the day. We did see a coyote along the trail. All but one of the road intersections pass beneath the main road, the except was well marked with crossing light, etc., but was a side road with little traffic. Would do this one again.

Cañada del Oro River Park Trail

Southwestern Beauty

July, 2016 by sjwhite5

A great trail on asphalt along the Canada del Oro. Beautiful views of the Catalina Mts. If you're biking in the summer go real early in the morning as the heat will drain you. Hydrate often!

Rillito River Park Trail

Rillito River Trail

April, 2016 by coreyrood

Well kept and great for running!

Rillito River Park Trail

Easy, perfect for skating

March, 2016 by kaamom22

The trail was nicely paved the entire way with a few gentle sloping hills. Very little debris. More importantly, the path is wide. There's plenty of room for walking, biking and skating. Along the way, you'll find plenty of rest stops, water, bathrooms.

Rillito River Park Trail

Great Path For Fun, Shopping and Mt Bike Practice

March, 2016 by carpenc

The path will get you to farmer's markets, several parks, grocery stores and event centers. It is paved all the way and very smooth but there is also a dirt path most of the way for mountain biking. There are always at least a few people on the trail walking, riding and running so it feels safe for lone riders. Very nice and the wash (river when it rains) and mountain views are beautiful.

Golf Links-Aviation Path

City Trail

February, 2016 by tweezel

Runs beside a 6 lane highway. Lots of loud traffic noise. If you use this map and start downtown, you have to climb steps to get to the beginning of the trail.

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