Now is the perfect time to take a moment to yourself and plan out any solo ventures you've been wanting to go on. This hike is perfect for anyone needing an adventure fix: this waterfall in Arizona is accessible by a trail easy enough that beginner hikers can tackle it, and your efforts will reward you with a gorgeous oasis.
Tanque Verde Falls is a relatively hidden gem in the Grand Canyon State. With so many of stunning hiking and several cerulean waterfalls elsewhere in the state, this one is often overlooked.
Fortunately, that means you probably won't have to deal with parking issues or crowded trails. You may have the place all to yourself.
The two-mile trail (round trip) near Tucson takes you to a series of clear swimming holes plus a massive waterfall.
It's over 80 feet tall and crashes down on huge granite bounders. The area is free to visit, so you don't have to worry about permits or passes.
There are areas where you can swim and even a rope swing, but please be aware that the granite can be incredibly slippery. Proper footwear is essential, and it's encouraged to avoid the wet rocks when possible.
You'll pass several smaller swimming holes along the way, and once you reach the falls, you can explore a bit to find a secluded area if there are other people nearby.
The crystal-clear waters are usually a bit chilly, but they're perfect for a dip to cool off after your hike.
Spring is a great time to go see the waterfalls due to seasonal rainfall.
During monsoon season, this area is prone to flash floods, so be aware of that and be sure to reschedule your visit if there's been a recent storm.
Otherwise enjoy the gorgeous rock faces and the cascading waterfall, it's a relaxing place to spend an afternoon.
Dogs can use this trail and spend some time splashing around too, so bring your pup along with you for some company!
Tanque Verde Falls Trail
Length: 1.8-mile round trip
Address: Tanque Verde Canyon, Pima, AZ
Why You Need To Go: Explore these swimming holes and waterfalls with your pup, it's the perfect solo adventure!
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.
The cover photo on the left was used for illustrative purposes only.