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Romero Pools Hike: the Waterfalls in Catalina State Park

If you’re from southern Arizona, you understand how DRY it is and the term “dry heat” makes absolute sense. If you’re from Arizona, you also don’t associate bridges with water but that’s another story… This weekend we found some water at Catalina State Park by hiking the trail through Romero Canyon to Romero Pools!

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
One of these horsies had trouble crossing the raging stream at the start of the trail.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Husband and our hiking companions.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Arizona landscape can be really varied: sand, water, cacti, and mountains!

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
The trail starts out on a flat desert floor, which is really deceptive for what is ahead!

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
After a leisurely stroll, the trail begins to wind up through Romero Canyon with steep switchbacks.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
After what seemed like an excessive uphill battle, we started winding downwards… then up again, then down again and after miles of panting finally… From here, the sound of running water can be heard.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Water! ..or mirage?

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
We had to do a bit off shimmy-ing down rocks to get to the other side of the pools.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Wading his way through the frigid waters –run off from the mountain snow. Yes, it snows in Tucson.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
As soon as we made it across, our friend, the genius that he is, decided to get in touch with nature and eat 2 burgers from Burger King that he had stashed away in his pack.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
This is probably the main source of Tucson’s water supply. 😉 That’s why the tap water tastes like grubby feet.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
We laid around for a bit enjoying the scenery. Some of us actually braved the odd colored water and went swimming.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Getting in touch with nature because I didn’t think to bring Burger King with me. Romero Pools is a good resting spot (or eating a burger) before trekking back.

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park

Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park
Romero Pools Trail Hike in Catalina State Park, Tucson, AZ - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/romero-pools-hike-waterfalls-catalina-state-park

Romero Pools Trail Overview

  • Address: Catalina State Park, 11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737
  • Fees: $7/vehicle
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Usage: Moderate
  • Length: 5.6 Miles Out & Back
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000
  • Things to note:
    1. Exposed trail with little shade.
  • Tips:
    1. Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen, hat/glasses as there is very little shade on this moderately strenuous trail.
  • Pets allowed: No
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