Trails End Estates - Amazing views of Tucson and the Sonoran Desert

Trails End Estates – Like Living in an Old Western

Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Kim Labriola

Trails End Estates is tucked into the Tucson Mountains and offers unparalleled mountain and city views from the west side of Tucson.

Location of Trails End Estates

Trails End Estates is located on the west side of Tucson west of Camino De Oeste between Speedway Blvd and Ironwood Hill Drive. It’s about 15 minutes away from shopping, services, and restaurants. And it’s about a 20-minute drive to Downtown Tucson.

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Rock formations jutting out from the desert hills in Trails End Estates.
Rock formations and saguaro cacti jutting out from the desert hills in Trails End Estates.

About Trails End Estates

Trails End Estates is a rural-feeling, gated neighborhood with about 160 custom homes built within the rolling hills of the community, each offering stellar views. Lot sizes range from about 1 acre to 7+ acres.

Homes were built from the 1970s to the 2010s. And because there’s a wide variety home ages in the neighborhood, there’s also a wide variety of home styles. Styles of homes can range from Southwestern to contemporary, ranch, Santa Fe, and modern.

The neighborhood does have a homeowners association which takes care of the gate and the street maintenance. Also of note, the neighborhood does not allow horses.

Trails End Estates entrance sign and gate
Trails End Estates entrance sign and gate

Development of Trails End Estates

Trails End Estates was developed by Richard Hansing in the early 1970s. The original development had 44 homesites within 120 acres. Richard Hansing also developed Mountain Gardens Estates and Sunset Hills which are also located on the west side of Tucson.

The geology, flora, and fauna are equally beautiful in Trails End Estates. And there's city views too!
The geology, flora, and fauna are equally beautiful in Trails End Estates. And there’s city views too!

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Nearby Attractions

Tucson Mountain Park

Outdoor activities are abundant in the area because Trails End Estates is surrounded on all sides by Tucson Mountain Park. Tucson Mountain Park has about 20,000 acres of beautiful desert land with trails throughout that are open to all forms of non-motorized transportation like hiking, biking, and equestrians.

Tucson Mountain Park sign. Tucson Mountain Park envelopes the neighborhood on all sides.
Tucson Mountain Park sign. Tucson Mountain Park surrounds the neighborhood on all sides.

Saguaro National Park – Tucson Mountain District

Saguaro National Park is made up of 2 separate areas with the city of Tucson sandwiched in between the parks. The west side portion is closest to Trails End Estates, and it is known as the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park. There are lots of beautiful hiking trails throughout in addition to picnic areas, and a visitor’s center.

Saguaro National Park - Tucson Mountain District sign
Saguaro National Park – Tucson Mountain District sign

Feliz Paseos Trailhead

Feliz Paseos is the closest hiking trailhead to Trails End Estates. It is located just east of the neighborhood at Trails End Road and Camino De Oeste. There are several trails within the 57-acre park, along with a shade ramada and restrooms.

Shade ramada and restrooms at Feliz Paseos Trailhead
Shade ramada and restrooms at Feliz Paseos Trailhead

Gates Pass

Gates Pass is a short distance away from Trails End Estates. It’s a beautiful area that is a popular destination for taking in a colorful Arizona sunset. The narrow windy road is also popular with bicyclists. And beyond Gates Pass are two attractions popular with locals and out-of-towners alike: Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and Old Tucson Studios.

Beautiful vistas at Gates Pass
Beautiful vistas at Gates Pass

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is part outdoor zoo, part art gallery, part botanical garden, and part aquarium. There are lots of programs held year-round. It was established in 1952 and consists of 21 acres with 2 walking paths. Raptor Free Flight is a neat way to see large birds flying unenclosed and untethered. Bobcats, mountain lion, wolves, bears, and many other animals are all on exhibit here. It’s well worth a visit.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has something for everyone.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has something for everyone.

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson started out as a filming studio for western movies (there’s been over 500 films and shows shot here) and now functions as a theme park. They offer concerts, tours, and seasonal events like Nightfall, a popular Halloween event.

Old Tucson is a fun place to spend the day.
Old Tucson is a fun place to spend the day.

Golf

The closest golfing available is at El Rio Golf Course at Speedway Blvd west of I-10. El Rio is a city-operated course with 18 holes open to the public as well as a driving range.

Starr Pass Golf Club is another nearby option located adjacent to JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. It was designed by Arnold Palmer and offers 27 holes in a picturesque desert setting.

Public Schools serving Trails End Estates

The neighborhood is serviced by the Marana Unified School District, which includes Coyote Trail Elementary School, Marana Middle School, and Marana High School. However these schools are not close to the neighborhood, so if you’ve got school-aged kiddos, plan accordingly.


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