Ventana Canyon

Tucson, Arizona

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A day hike through Ventana Canyon. Soon after entering the canyon, the path goes beyond the national forest boundary and enters the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Massive cliffs of metamorphic stone slant skyward to sharp points above the floor of the canyon. Mesquite and other deep-rooted shrubs dominate the bottoms, while the slopes above them are sprinkled with saguaros and ocotillo. There are numerous crossings of the rocky streamcourse as the trail wanders northward, and the solid walls of the lower canyon rise into ragged pinnacles.

Ventana Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike through Ventana Canyon. Soon after entering the canyon, the path goes beyond the national forest boundary and enters the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Massive cliffs of metamorphic stone slant skyward to sharp points above the floor of the canyon.

Mesquite and other deep-rooted shrubs dominate the bottoms, while the slopes above them are sprinkled with saguaros and ocotillo. There are numerous crossings of the rocky streamcourse as the trail wanders northward, and the solid walls of the lower canyon rise into ragged pinnacles."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 3,180 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 3,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,200 feet
Local Contacts: Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Sabino Canyon, Mount Lemmon; Santa Catalina Mountains Hiker's map
Driving Directions: Directions to Ventana Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

3/1/2001
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A scenic canyon, but the first few miles can be quite crowded and it takes some time to get away from the foothill subdivisions. The trail spends a bit too much time in the rocky streambed for my tastes.



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May 2018