Kid-friendly and packed with lush desert vegetation, the Sweetwater Preserve in Tucson is a perfect choice for a family outing.
Getting There: Sweetwater Trailhead, 4001 N. Tortolita Road, Tucson. From Interstate 10 in Tucson, take the El Camino Del Cerro/Ruthrauff Road exit 252. Head right (west), go 2.6 miles to North Tortolita Road, turn left and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.
Length: 12.93 miles total.
Kid Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: YES, dogs must be on leash and owners must pick up and pack out waste.
Elevation: 2,466-2,680 feet
Best Season: October-April
Hours: Dawn to dusk daily
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