Butterfly to Crystal Spring Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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The path carries you and your dog through several narrow ravines where the footing is tricky—use extra caution if it has rained recently. In wetter years, you will see columbines and butterfly weed poking out from between the boulders along the trail. And as the trail’s name suggests, a butterfly field guide is a good read before you head out. The Southwest is home to more than half of North American butterfly species and the Santa Catalina range is one of the best viewing spots in the Southwest. Plan to take your hike in spring or between summer rains (July to August), and then while you are taking a shade break with your pooch, you can enjoy the flits and flurries of these colorful creatures.

Butterfly to Crystal Spring Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The path carries you and your dog through several narrow ravines where the footing is tricky—use extra caution if it has rained recently. In wetter years, you will see columbines and butterfly weed poking out from between the boulders along the trail. And as the trail’s name suggests, a butterfly field guide is a good read before you head out.

The Southwest is home to more than half of North American butterfly species and the Santa Catalina range is one of the best viewing spots in the Southwest. Plan to take your hike in spring or between summer rains (July to August), and then while you are taking a shade break with your pooch, you can enjoy the flits and flurries of these colorful creatures."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 7.3
Elevation Gain: 1,277 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Best March through November
Trailhead Elevation: 7,600 feet
Top Elevation: 7,737 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger Station
Local Maps: Mt. Bigelow USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Butterfly to Crystal Spring Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/9/2008
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THE TRAIL HAS NOT BEEN CLEARED SINCE THGE FIRES, WE GOT LOST, NEVER FOUNF CRYSTAL SPRINGS AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE SIGN FOR WHERE TO GO, IT WAS PRETTY FAR OUT THERE AND IT IS ALL DOWN HILL, UNTIL YOU TURN AROUND AND THEN YOUR HURTING. IT WAS A FUN EXPERIENCE, BUT NOT GOOD FOR BEGINERS OR PEOPLE WHO DON'T HIKE ON A REGULAR BASIS. TAKE A TON OF WATER!



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