Summary: From the paved loop you jump onto the trail which begins a short climb up a hill. Once you top the hill you've completed the majority of the elevation gain for the trail. You'll then come to a junction where the loop portion of the trail begins and you can go right or left. It is an interpretive trail so along the way there are numerous signs explaining and teaching many aspects of life in the desert from animal life to vegetation. The trail offers many splendid views of Romero Canyon, Pusch Peak, Samaniego ridge, and saguaro cacti. The trail is a great leisurely stroll to learn about the Sonoran Desert as well as a great hike for younger children.
Trailhead: As you're heading north on Oracle Road in Oro Valley you'll pass the Target and Home Depot shopping centers (with a Starbucks in it, of course) at the corner of Oracle Road and First Avenue. Past the shopping centers you'll cross over the Canada Del Oro wash and take the first right into the entrance of Catalina State Park. Since this is an Arizona State Park there is a fee you'll pay at the ranger station. Continue past the ranger station until you come to the end of the paved road (3miles) where it does a small loop and there's a parking lot. You access the trailhead to the Nature Trail right off of the paved loop. (Lat:32.42718 Lon:-110.90621)
Trail Guides for Nature Trail Loop - Catalina State Park:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Catalina State Park - (520) 628-5798 - www.pr.state.az.us
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Sean Benesh, who has posted 21 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Newton on 7/26/2009
This was the first hike my husband and I did together. It started our interst in hiking. The information signs along the way were a good excuse to stop and take a drink. It was wonderful and good starter hike.
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