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Tucson’s Desert Oasis: Lower Tanque Verde Falls

Tanque Verde Falls was near the bottom of our 2016 Arizona To Do list. We were out and about running errands and decided to hit up this short hike to the falls while we were out. What a surprise we had! We’ve never driven out near Reddington Pass but the towering saguaros on both sides of the road made for a beautiful trip. What was even more surprising was what we saw on the trail.

Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
We’ve never seen so much flowing water in Tucson! It was an oasis!

Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls

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Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
We spent a couple hours chasing the falls upstream and scrambling over the boulders.

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Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
While the water was too cold for us desert dwellers, I have heard this is a very popular swimming hole during the summer monsoons. I can see why!

Hike to Lower Tanque Verde Falls trail, Reddington Pass, Tucson, Arizona - http://aexrs.us/lower-tanque-verde-falls
Even Godzilla was excited about this gem tucked away in the desert!

Lower Tanque Verde Falls Overview

  • Coordinates: 32° 15’15.88”N ; 110° 39’53.02”W
  • Fees: FREE
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: hHeavy
  • Length: 1 Mile Round Trip
  • Things to note:
    1. Dirt road, low clearance vehicles okay in dry conditions
  • Pets allowed: Yes.
   

How About You?
  • Have you hiked here before? Did you take a dip in the falls?
  • Do you have any tips? Feel free to leave a comment below!
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