Places to Run

Places to Run

Tucson is a runner’s paradise, filled with parks, paths, and trails to suit every taste. Here are our favorites.

The Chuck Huckelberry Loop is a system of paved, multi-use paths around the city of Tucson (54 miles) with extensions into Oro Valley and Marana (making the Loop a total of 137 miles). This is the perfect venue to walk, run, skate, or bike. Several dozen parks, many restrooms and drinking fountains, and over fifty parking lots are located around the Loop. The Rillito Regional Park is a popular access point to the eleven mile stretch between Craycroft Rd and Camino de la Tierra (near I-10). The Loop is home to the RunAround Tucson (RAT) Relay and SAR’s Grand Prix race Dave’s Run for ALS 8K + FitKidz & Family Mile. For more information, visit also TucsonLoop.org.

Gene C. Reid Park and Randolph Park merge to form a large centrally located park in a four square mile area bordered by Broadway Blvd, Randolph Way, Camino Campestre, Country Club Rd, 22nd St, and Alvernon Way. There is a multi-use path, lit at night, and regularly patrolled. Parking is available at many locations. The park is home to three SAR Grand Prix races: Sun Run: La Primera 5/10K Roadrace + FitKidz Mile, Tucson 5000 & FitKidz Mile, and Thanksgiving Cross-Country Classic 5K & 1.5 Mile Fun Run/Walk. Map

Lincoln Regional Park, on the city’s southeast side, is nestled in a natural desert landscape area of 191 acres. The park is also home to the beautiful Michael Lyman Atterbury Wash Animal and Bird Sanctuary. Trails crisscross around the park, but don’t worry, the park is too small to get lost. St. Luke’s Home Spring Cross Country Classic 5K + FitKidz Mile, a SAR Grand Prix race, is hosted here. Map

Morris K. Udall Park is located on the city’s east side adjacent to The Chuck Huckelberry Loop. There is an outdoor track within the park, and the park perimeter measures two miles. Map

The multi-use path along Old Spanish Trail snakes its way from Broadway Blvd to the entrance of Saguaro National Park East. From Broadway Blvd it’s six miles, and from 22nd St it’s four miles to the park entrance.

The 7.4-mile paved road up and down Sabino Canyon (on the city’s northeast edge) is one of the all-time favorite running locations in Tucson. The road crosses nine stone bridges over Sabino Creek, and the views along the way are spectacular. The area is home to miles of trails to explore as well (more on those below). For more information, visit Friends of Sabino Canyon and Sabino Canyon Hike & Run. The Sabino Canyon Sunset Run​ 7.4 Miles, a SAR Grand Prix race, takes place here each Spring. Map

Saguaro National Park East (there is also a Saguaro National Park West) has an iconic 8-mile paved rollercoaster loop that is not to be missed. The views of the Rincon Mountains are unmatched. There are plenty of trails to explore as well. This is the location of SAR’s Grand Prix race each Labor Day, the Saguaro National Park Labor Day 8-Miler. Map

Sentinel Peak Park, affectionately referred to as “A” Mountain (for the white-washed “A” built by University of Arizona students in the 1910s), is a hilly challenge with a climb of about 1.5 miles and 500 feet in elevation gain. The nearby Mercado San Agustin is a convenient nearby location to start one’s run. SAR’s Grand Prix race, the TMC Get Moving Tucson Half Marathon, 4 Mile and FitKidz Mile, includes a loop up and down “A” Mountain. Map

Tumamoc Hill is a great place to train for hills or just for a good challenge. The paved road up and down is 3 miles round-trip. Map

The University of Arizona campus has many roads and sidewalks for running. It’s also a safe place to run at night because it’s well lit. A simple loop is the 1.25 miles from Campbell Ave along University Blvd and around the Old Main building and back. The Jim Click’s Run n’ Roll 5K and 1 Mile, a SAR Grand Prix race, takes place on the campus. Map

Tucson is the home to many other parks and parks adjacent to the Loop which are convenient locations for working out.

Few cities offer nearby locations for trail running like Tucson, thanks to the five mountain ranges that surround the city. Two accessible starting venues are Catalina State Park and Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. For lots of options visit these websites:

Tucson Trail Runners

AllTrails: Tucson

AllTrails: Best Trail Running Trails in Tucson

Pima County Trailheads & Trails

Trail Run Project: Tucson