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“Short, easy and a nice little break”

Desert Ecology Trail
Ranked #89 of 267 things to do in Tucson
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Owner description: Hiking trail in Saguaro East.
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Since this is almost in our backyard, we come here often. Love the Loop drive through the Park. However, we have never walked this Trail, as the small parking lot was always full. There are about seven parking spots there, and a few times, we have seen the overflow parked almost on the road. Today (2/2), we came upon this spot, and there was not one car in the lot. So, walked this very easy, paved trail, and enjoyed it very much. It's a self-guided loop, which takes you through a small desert area. There are some information boards, and quite a few benches.

Driving the Cactus Forest Drive through Saguaro National Park can take some time, as the speed limit is 15 miles per hour. If the vehicle in front of you is barely creeping along, it can take much longer. This Trail is about midpoint, so it's nice to get out, stretch your legs, and take a very easy and pleasant walk.

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Reviewed 27 January 2017

This is a short .25 mile paved loop that introduces folks to the plants and animals they will see during their visit. Great for kids, strollers, and folks who use mobility assist devices (wheelchairs, walkers, etc).

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Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

My granddaughter and I walked on this trail while visiting the park. The entire trail was blacktop and a very short walk. It's not at all strenuous. It's a nice opportunity to walk thru the dessert and see all the different types of plant life that grows here in AZ.

2  Thank JubileeJerry
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Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Just 1/4 mile with some signs telling about some of the vegetation. It was a quickly easy little trail. I enjoyed it but wouldn't want to do it again.

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Reviewed 12 January 2016

This is a nice walk to do if you have very limited time. It's only about half a mile, paved, and flat. It has informational signs along the path telling about the local flora and fauna. We went in the winter, but I can imagine it would be quite hot in the summer since it has no shade - though there were a few benches under shade structures.

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