Summary: The trail starts off crossing the Canada Del Oro wash. Immediately after the wash the trail rapidly ascends but the there are railroad ties for steps which makes it easier. There are placards spaced throughout the hike that gives an explanation of the ruins, the local history, and other pertinent information. As you hike along you'll come across different sections of the ruins ranging from a ranch house from Francisco Romero's ranch in the 1850's to the Hohokam village site ranging from 500-1500 A.D. Some of the area has been excavated and reconstructed but most of it is still left as it was found. Be sure to stay on the trail and since this is a protected archaeological site leave any bits and pieces of pottery or anything else you might find on the ground. Although the hike is short it is a great educational experience to learn about the people of past. This is a great hike for smaller 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 and after several hundred yards you'll come across the sign to the Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail on the right side of the road. On the left side there's space for parking. (Lat:32.4221 Lon:-110.9203)
Trail Guides for Romero Ruins Trail - Catalina State Park:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Catalina State Park - www.pr.state.az.us - (520) 628-5798
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 Torre on 2/29/2012
This wasn't a bad hike. It's only about 3/4 of a mile around. There are some minor ruins and notes on each one. Nice warm up hike.
Reviewed by Karen on 1/1/2012
In my quest to see as many Indian ruins as possible I was excited to learn there were ruins so close. Silly me I forgot the Hohokam were not cliff dwellers. Still a fun way to spend New Years Day (or at least an hour of it), and very educational.
Reviewed by Newton on 7/26/2009
This is a good warm up or and after eating walk. Good for the kiddos I am guessing.
Reviewed by MDial on 11/15/2006
This was the first hike we took our kids (almost 2yr & 3.5yrs) and dog on. The trail is well maintained, beautiful views, and good chance to introduce kids to Hohokam early life. Both of our kids hiked almost the entire trail.
Reviewed by AS on 5/18/2004
A *must* for any fan of native history. The wash you cross during the hike is the Sutherland wash, not the CDO.
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