Of all the visits we have made to Catalina State Park in the last 7 years of residing in Arizona, not once have we taken the short Romero Ruins Interpretative Trail. And I can't even give a good reason why... perhaps it's because the loop trail is only .75 miles round trip? We usually like to get a good work out on our hikes. Maybe it just sounds too easy. But as mentioned previously, that's not a good reason.
Well, today all bad excuses were thrown out the window. With the summer temperature at 91° and clouds overhead, it was cool enough to venture on a short desert expedition to see the Hohokam Ruins!
The trail to the Hohokam village is an easy .75 mile loop of almost 1,500 years of history. It crosses a now dry riverbed from which the Hohokam would carry water in clay jars.
Some time after AD 1150, the Hohokam constructed a large enclosing wall. It is estimated the wall once stood five feet or more in height.
In the middle of the 1800's, Mexican rancher Francisco Romero built a house on the ridge over the village. Romero lived there for a brief period as his cattle were often the targets of Apache raids.
What you see is only a small portion of the Hohokam village, now known as Romero Ruin, that archaeologists have explored.
All throughout the short loop are unhindered views of Pusch Ridge, making for a beautiful hike through the desert.
Address: Catalina State Park, 11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737
Miles: .75 mile loop
Skill Level: Easy
Hours: Open Daily
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