This six-mile scenic loop takes you past two picnic areas and several trailheads in the park's Tucson Mountain District. An interpretive guide is sold at the Red Hills Visitor Center. Most of the drive is unpaved, but fine for cars. Head northwest from the visitor center to the start and follow signs; there's a one-way section. Valley View Nature Trail begins 3.5 miles from the visitor center and climbs to a viewpoint in 0.8 mile round-trip; signs along the way tell of plant and animal life. Hike up the half-mile round-trip Signal Hill Petroglyphs Trail to see prehistoric rock art; turn in to the trailhead at Signal Hill Picnic Area, five miles from the visitor center.

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Expert Review of Bajada Loop Drive

Active and Adventure Review of Bajada Loop Drive

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Road Biking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Keeping to the trails minimizes harm to the desert.
  • Pets cannot go on the trails, but are allowed around the visitor center and picnic areas.
  • Bicycles must stay on the roadways.

Tucson Mountain District
2700 North Kinney Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85743
Parking: Daily 7 a.m. to sunset
Price: $10/vehicle, $5 on foot or bicycle; receipt is valid for 7 days

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 520-733-5158
Fax: 520-733-5183
Transportation: Car or bicycle
Neighborhood: Tucson
Price Information: $10/vehicle, $5 on foot or bicycle; receipt is valid for 7 days
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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