★★★★☆ Moderate / Tucson
Find splash-worthy pools, a canyon stream & seasonal falls on this short, rocky trail. Swimming season or not, Tanque Verde Canyon is a fantastic area to explore! With its seasonally-flowing waterfalls, huge granite boulders and high canyon walls, it’s a narrow desert oasis.
TRAILHEAD: Reddington Rd. , Tucson • DIFFICULTY: Moderate • DISTANCE: 1.6 Miles (3 Miles Round Trip) • APPROX. TIME: 1-2.5 HOURS RT • ELEVATION GAIN: 375 FEET RT (27 STORIES) • APPROX. CALORIES BURNED: 450-510 RT • BEST TIME OF YEAR: Marh-Nov. • PETS: yes • KID FRIENDLY: yes (10 and OLdER) • FACILITIES: none • FEES: none
The real adventure begins once the trail reaches the canyon floor. The remaining 1-mile hike is unmarked, following the river upstream. Scrambling up water-smoothed granite boulders, along uneven banks and through pools of water is required!
Total Nerdery The Tanque Verde Canyon gets plenty of use in Summer. And some people like to enjoy it “au naturel.” You’ve been informed :).
WARNING: Keep your eye open for weather, especially during monsoon season! Flash floods can roll through quickly and dangerously.
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Directions From the AZ-10 (in Tucson) take exit 257 east onto Speedway Blvd. Drive 12.4 miles on Speedway Blvd. then turn left / north onto N. Houghton Rd. Take N. Houghton Rd. for 1.1 miles, then turn right/ east onto E. Tanque Verde Rd. Continue on E. Tanque Verde Rd., which becomes Reddington Rd., for 6.7 miles. The Tanque Verde Falls Trailhead parking lot is on the left / north side of the road, a short ways after it becomes gravel.