Saguaro National Park West Thunderbird Loop

Tucson, Arizona

Saguaro National Park West: Thunderbird Loop Professional Review and Guide

"The Thunderbird Trail is the handle of this lollipop-shaped route, and at its end you’ll do a loop along the attractively named Cactus Canyon, Coyote Pass, and Gila Monster Trails, which wind along valleys passing minor but scenic peaks.

Along the way are several closed historic mines—it’s illegal and dangerous to enter them, but it’s thought-provoking to consider this part of the Southwest’s heritage and wonder about what life must have been like for pioneering miners attempting to make a living without the conveniences of air-conditioning and cases of plastic bottles of water. Other sights to look for are cristate saguaros, spring flowers, and a windmill."

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Trail Information

Tucson
Nearby City
7
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.25 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Saguaro National Park
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