Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
4,717.00 ft (1,437.74 m)
Trail type
14.00 mi (22.53 km)
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Romero Canyon Trail is a 14-mile out-and-back trail through the Pusch Ridge Wilderness east of Oro Valley and northeast of Tucson, Arizona. The trail begins at the Sutherland Trailhead in Catalina State Park and extends east to Romero Pass. It climbs through deep canyons and lush forests with beautiful biodiversity. It features spectacular swimming holes, saguaros, and steep, strenuous miles. The Romero Canyon Trail is open year-round and is suitable for running, hiking, and backpacking. 

In the first mile, the grade is gentle, but then gets more challenging as you approach the state park / wilderness boundary. The trail becomes steeper, more rugged, and rocky as it ascends towards Romero Pools. 

Continuing on, the trail climbs steeply to Romero Pass, including a nearly vertical mile. From the pass you will be rewarded by scenic views of Mt. Lemmon to the northeast and Oro Valley and Tucson to the west. 

The Romero Canyon Trail ends at Romero Pass and the route retraces its steps back to the start. Luckily, the way back is all downhill!


  • No dogs allowed past Montrose Pools to protect the Desert Bighorn Sheep. 

  • No bikes in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.

  • Trail not recommended for horses. 

  • There is a fee to park in Catalina State Park. Contact the park office to find out updated information.


Catalina State Park Information:

Catalina State Park Trails:

National Forest Service:


Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

State Park Fee

Open Year-round



Biodiversity. Natural Pools. Scenic Views.


Can get crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

2,715.00 ft (827.53 m)

Highest point

6,033.00 ft (1,838.86 m)


Backcountry camping
Near lake or river
Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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