The hike to Romero Pools is Catalina State Park’s most popular trail. It’s 5.6 miles of moderate hiking with broad, scenic views of Pusch Ridge and the Santa Catalinas, ending at pools and flowing waterfalls.
It’s been about 5 years since we hiked the Romero Pools Trail, which means we’ve been long overdue for another hike there.
During monsoon season, this creek bed flows with water and is a popular splashing spot to bring children.
5 years makes one easily forget how much effort this hike can be… It’s only a 1,000 increase in elevation gain, but most of that is restricted to a small distance of steep switchbacks before it evens out.
Epic ridgeline views.
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:
- Exposed trail with little shade.
- Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen, hat/glasses as there is very little shade on this moderately strenuous trail.
- Pets allowed: No