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“Short easy trail in Saguaro East which was very nice”

Desert Ecology Trail
Ranked #111 of 320 things to do in Tucson
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Owner description: Hiking trail in Saguaro East.
Reviewed 4 February 2018

Flat and paved and very short and easy. This would be perfect for the nonhikers out there who would like to see the desert up close. Parking off the Cactus Forest Loop. Need your park pass to access this trail.

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

We hit this trail on our way to the airport just trying to kill some time before our flight. So glad we stopped, and will definitely go back to spend more time. This trail was a nice length for us as we weren't prepared for hiking.

Thank wjanocha
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Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

We went on the trail because we had our dog with us and this is one of the only dog friendly trails in the national Park. It was interesting with some information on the boards and there were some places to rest if you needed it. The national Park does allow dogs on any of the paved trails. This was one of them. It is a wheelchair friendly trail. Other than the info boards, not a lot to see here.

Thank Brenna R
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This flat, paved, quarter-mile loop marks the first trail stop for those driving the park's Cactus Forest Loop Drive. We stopped and parked in one of the spaces here on a weekday morning when no one else was around. I had a friend with me, visiting from the West Coast, and she was interested in learning more about desert ecology. We had come to the right place. Nicely presented information signs along the short route give many details about the area's flora and fauna, including trees and cactus on both sides of the path.

A tiny bird atop a tall saguaro signaled our arrival and briefly watched our progress along the trail. But we saw no other wildlife during our 20-minute jaunt. Many benches without shade stood ready to give visitors an opportunity to rest. The sun also beat down on the path, and I was glad I wore a hat on this bright, cloudless day.

The trail is wheelchair accessible and an extremely easy walk for just about anyone. I think it is especially worth a stop for newcomers to this park.

2  Thank Rumples
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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.

3  Thank NYU62
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