Tanque Verde Falls Water Level

We’ve had a couple of good, strong rains over the past week in northeast Tucson and I’ve seen an increase in search hits for water levels in Reddington, so I thought I’d give a quick update on conditions in the Tanque Verde valley.

Stream at the base of the Upper Falls Trail

Stream at the base of the Upper Falls Trail

There is a fair amount of water but not a lot of it is flowing.  The deeper pools are full, including the swimming hole just west of the Upper Falls trails.  It has been a very dry summer, and this is the most water I have seen in the Tanque Verde since last winter.  Conditions are good for wading and limited swimming.  Use caution if you plan to do any rock “diving” as the pools are not that deep right now.

This pool had 5-6 feet of water, but isn't flowing so the algae is growing.

This pool had 5-6 feet of water, but isn’t flowing so the algae is growing.

You can expect flowing water for a day or two after big storms in the pass, but we are moving out of the summer rain season so I don’t expect to see the Tanque Verde in full flow until the winter.  The deeper pools will hold water for several weeks even without more rain.  If you do visit, please remember to PACK YOUR TRASH OUT!

Just a trickle of water is flowing over this set of falls east of the trail.

Just a trickle of water is flowing over this set of falls east of the trail.

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