Running in Tucson

Looking for great places to run or walk in Tucson?

Here’s just a few of our favorites. Just remember, tell a friend where you’re going and always bring plenty of water. It’s a desert out there! Click on the links below for directions.

NEW! Check out this great site for mapping and planning your runs! Draw your runs, calculate mileage, count calories and much more. You’ll even be able to find and share runs with others throughout your area and around the country!

Check out USA Track & Field’s newest feature, “America’s Running Routes”.

Using cutting edge technology provided by Google Maps, USATF has developed a revolutionary service, America’s Running Routes, that allows runners to map and measure their favorite running routes and then save them to the largest searchable database of running routes in the country.

Fleet Feet Sports TucsonSouthwest Endurance Training, formally the training group arm of Fleet Feet Sports Tucson, is taking running programs in Southern Arizona to the next level in terms of accessibility and flexibility. The name may be new, but those who are running it most certainly are not. Pete and Jeanne Snell, founders of Fleet Feet Tucson, have been committed to providing a wide variety of training programs for all experience levels of runners since 2004. In addition to building a nationally recognized specialty running business, Pete and Jeanne introduced Southern Arizona to something they had never seen before – fun and inviting training groups for all abilities and distances. Southwest Endurance Training groups are well known for their supportive and welcoming atmosphere. All of the programs offered are intended to be non-competitive, fun and educational, and focus on helping individuals meet their goals. For more information, please visit or Questions about training programs should be directed to
Sabino Canyon – awesome trail and paved running. Picturesque personified. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available.
Saguaro National Monument East – just like Sabino Canyon, but with unmatched views of the Rincon Mountains. Very challenging.
Rillito River Path – starts on Craycroft Rd., just south of River Rd. Ends all the way across town at Interstate 10. Mostly paved, with some water stations and bathrooms along the way. Views in all directions.
Old Spanish Trail – this road begins at Broadway and travels all the way south to the entrance of Colossal Cave. There’s plenty of room for you to run on the spaciously paved bike path. Lots of rolling hills and views of the valley beneath the Rincon Mountains that will take your breath away!
Catalina State Park – located on Oracle Rd, about a mile north of 1st Avenue. Here you can take a run on the two-mile paved road and then wind your way up one of the many well-marked trails. You’ll experience the awe-inspiring views of Pusch Ridge and the back-side of the Catalina Mountains. There are bathrooms and water at the beginning and end of the main road, and some around the campgrounds.
University of Arizona – lots of roads and sidewalks to run on, not a lot of cars to contend with. Create your own course. And, it’s got lots of character, too!
Udall Park – located at Tanque Verde Rd. just east of Sabino Canyon Rd. Features an indoor and outdoor running path.
Reid Park – centrally located in a four square mile area bordered on the north and south by Broadway and 22nd St. and Alvernon and Country Club on the east and west. Fantastic running paths.

Last, but not not least, right out your front door!

We hope you’ll enjoy our choices. If you have one you think we should add to this list, please email it to us at Now go out there and have fun!!!