Trailheads and Trails

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The many outstanding recreational trails in Pima County are easily accessible from public trailheads.
Please join us for the dedication of McKenzie Ranch Trails Park on Saturday, November 3rd!

Please take a moment to take the Pima County Trails Survey

The Trail Times May 2018 issue

Trails Volunteer Opportunities

Comments from Public Meetings

Trails Meeting held July 12, 2016
Big Wash Meeting held October 23, 2017
Painted Hills at Tucson Mountain Park - Community Outreach and Response Summary
Enchanted Hills at Tucson Mountain Park - Community Outreach and Response Summary

Overnight Parking Permits

Parking in select trailheads is allowed after hours with a parking permit. No after hours parking is allowed at the other trailheads. To apply for a permit call Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation at (520) 724-5000. Trailhead parking permits are available for free.

Trailhead Guidelines

  • Be aware of seasonal weather conditions and take an ample supply of water with you.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times; please clean up after your dog on trails that allow dogs. Please be aware that not all trails allow dogs. See Dog Friendly Trails tab for more info.
  • Stay on designated trails.
  • No commercial activity unless permitted by NRPR.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited on trails.
  • Trailheads are for trail access only; no loitering at trailheads or in other areas.
  • No alcohol.
  • It is illegal to remove or disturb any natural or cultural resources; no geocaching.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat and apply sunscreen; wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and know your route.
  • Hike with a friend.
  • Inform someone where you are going and when you expect to return; know your limitations.
  • Carry a cell phone but be aware that reception may not be available in all areas.
  • Do not litter – pack it in, pack it out.
  • Be aware of cacti and venomous animals.
  • Do not feed wildlife.

Separate Regulation for Public Lands and Parks

Please be aware that the parks and natural areas you enter from the trailheads have their own rules and regulations. Please familiarize yourself with them and follow all permitting requirements and regulations.
Dogs on a leash are welcome at most Pima County parks. There are a few trails and trailheads where dogs have been prohibited because of past problems over conflicts with other users, habitat protection issues and at the request of other jurisdictions. These trails usually lead to existing trails closed to dogs on other public lands.

You and your on leashed canine friend are encouraged to use the Pima County trails and dog parks listed below.

DOG FRIENDLY TRAILS:
  • Agua Caliente Hill Trail
  • Cienega Creek Natural Preserve
  • Feliz Paseos Park
  • Robles Pass
  • Sweetwater Preserve
  • Wild Burro Trail in Tortolita Mountain Park

DOG PARKS:
  • Brandi Fenton Memorial Park
  • Flowing Wells Park
  • George Mehl Family Foothills Park
  • McDonald Park
  • Northwest Community Park
  • Star Valley Park
Please remember that Pima County Code (Chapter 6.04.030) requires dogs to be leashed and under control and also requires pet waste to be immediately picked up and properly disposed of in a sanitary manner. This applies to public spaces such as parks, trails, The Loop, open space, nature resource areas, river beds and most every public space except “dog parks”. For more information on responsible pet ownership please visit: http://webcms.pima.gov/community/animal_care/pet_owner_resources/
Thank you for your anticipated compliance.
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Tucson, AZ 85741

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