Signal Hill Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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The Signal Hill Trail is a short walk to a hill with a 360-degree view of the northern Tucson Mountains, as well as fine examples of ancient petroglyphs. This very short trail leads to the top of a small hill with a fine collection of petroglyphs. There are two main types of rock art: pictographs, which are painted onto the rock, and petroglyphs such as these, which are pecked or carved into the rock. Although some people have the impression that petroglyphs are casual doodling, stone is actually a difficult medium to work, somewhat harder than doodling on a pad of paper.

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"The Signal Hill Trail is a short walk to a hill with a 360-degree view of the northern Tucson Mountains, as well as fine examples of ancient petroglyphs. This very short trail leads to the top of a small hill with a fine collection of petroglyphs.

There are two main types of rock art: pictographs, which are painted onto the rock, and petroglyphs such as these, which are pecked or carved into the rock. Although some people have the impression that petroglyphs are casual doodling, stone is actually a difficult medium to work, somewhat harder than doodling on a pad of paper."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 0.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 0.5 hour
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park, 3693 S. Old Spanish Rd., Tucson 85730 (520) 733-5158 www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Avra; National Geographic: Saguaro National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Signal Hill Trail

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May 2018