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“A great place to hike, for you and fido”

Sweetwater Preserve
Ranked #79 of 320 things to do in Tucson
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

There are many trails here, most of them relatively easy to walk on (ie, not loaded with rocks) and the climbs are gentle. If you love cactus: the large saguros, the barrels and the opuntias, they are all over the place, with beautiful mountains as the backdrop. You can choose the trails you want and do as much or as little hiking as suits you. And the signs are well-marked with easy to read maps marked for distance. Probably the best-marked trail system I have ever seen.
I did not encounter many other hikers with dogs, but there are many local trail bikers (as in bicycles) here, which attests to its local popularity. How many probably depends on the time of day, but in any event, the riders and hikers seemed to share the trails peacefully, and some of the trails were unlikely to be not so good for the bikers.
I loved these trails and went back a number of times during my stay.

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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Beautiful scenery and desert vegetation. Nicely set out trails. Great views. Mountain bikers and hikers all share the trails in a respectful, pleasant manner -- not always the case in other places they coexist.

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Reviewed 31 December 2016

Great trails that are very well signed (there is a sign with maps and arrows at every trail junction!, maybe these were not there when previous posters were there) and maintained. I spent two days mountain biking here (Rent a bike at Fairwheel bikes!!!! They were outstanding), and had a blast. There is not much sustained climbing and most of the trails are beginner to intermediate, with not a ton of technical stuff, but it really gives you a great experience riding in the desert (cacti, sand, rocks). Not a lot of places to really open up, as most of the trails have a lot of quick tight turns and rocks, but still fun riding. It's pretty much the closest trails to town, and you can easily ride for 2 hours or more by linking up different loops. Highly recommend if you're looking for a place to hike, ride, or run that's close to town. Even got to see a coyote on my second day.

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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Great ride but don't let your guard down. The ride is fairly easy but there are some sandy areas that can take you off guard and then you end up with 6 stitches in your forearm.

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Reviewed 7 June 2016

This preserve is a nice saguaro forest with trails for people, horses and bikes. There are no facilities here, not even a trash can. However it is free of debris. All the trails are no longer marked ( most are) though as patrons have added their own. Be sure to bring water. If you go down the Lost Arrow trail be sure to read on the web where to find the arrow. It is in one of the cactus's.

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