Magnificent views of rock formations, saguaros, and desert vegetation. Ascends from 2,800 ft to 3,300 ft (500' gain). Distance: 7.6 there and back. Duration: day hike.

This popular trail is a paved road that crosses 9 stone bridges over Sabino Creek. The creek itself is pretty dry most of the year, but after a rain it's a wonderful place to cool off and escape from the merciless desert heat. Hikers, cyclists and equestrians alike share and enjoy the trail. There's also a shuttle that will take you to the top and back for a small fee. The trail is lined with picnic areas and bathrooms and is family friendly.

The best time of day to hike this trail; the earlier the better. Avoiding the midday sun will make your experience all the more enjoyable. I also recommend you explore the little side trails and the creek to really delve into what the canyon has to offer. Just be wary of cacti and the little critters.

The fee to enter the national park is per person; $10 for adults and $4 for children (This is only if you park in the designated parking area).

Pack List

  • Plenty of water
  • Hiking or running shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
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Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River

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Run it!

This is a great spot for some hill training with amazing scenery. Running is tough the way out but coming back you have to hill to help propel those tired legs. Just make sure to stay in control as to not hurt your knees on the way down. I did this a few times in June before the sun crested the canyon ridges and had shade for all but the last 3/4 of a mile. Cheers

Go in the spring

Gorgeous views of the desert and the hike to pools is a total reward!

Excellent!

This is the perfect thing to do with friends! The pools on the sides of the path are amazing spots to hang out. I recommend TONS of sunscreen!


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