An absolute must when visiting Tucson. You can take a tram back
in to the Canyon on a narrated, educational 45-minute, 3.8 mile
tour into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountain. You can
also take peaceful early morning walk. In the summers when Sabino
Canyon is flowing, there are plenty of natural pools to cool yourself
The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000
saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites
camping, picnicking and bird watching — more than 150 species
of birds call the park home.
As you look toward the Santa Catalinas from metropolitan Tucson,
one of the most distinctive landmarks on the Pusch Ridge skyline
resembles a closed hand with the index finger extended to make a
#1 sign. This is Finger Rock, a 100 foot high formation that marks
the steep canyon that bears its name.
Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley - The official Web Site Of Mt. Lemmon Ski
Valley. Fun in all seasons, and good eats at the ”Iron Door
Rose Canyon Lake is the only lake in the Santa Catalina District
that is managed for recreational fishing. It is relatively small
(7 acres) and is tucked away in a picturesque stand of mature ponderosa
pines high on the slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
This trailhead is in between Tohono Chul Park and La Encantada Shopping
Center, just north off Ina Road. A beautiful hike where you will
see spectacular cactus, birds, cottonwood trees, running water,
and a great view looking down on Tucson.
A water treatment facility, an urban wildlife habitat, and a favorite
of Tucson bird watchers. This water-rich riparian zone supports
a huge variety of wildlife including birds, dragonflies, raccoons,
hawks, bobcats and dozens of other species that make the wetlands
Ventana Canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons in the Santa
Catalina Front Range, and one of the least visited. The main reason
for that, most likely, is because getting to the trailhead requires
deciphering a set of access instructions that are on their web page.
Another reason may be the fact that this Front Range trail includes
several sections of steep and rocky switchbacks.
P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park
Ranch House Visitor Center and Art Gallery, Rose Cottage, and Bunkhouse.
Great place to walk (dogs on leash welcome), hike, bbq, and watch
The dry Rillito riverbed that runs east to west through Tucson,
Arizona was chosen for its rustic beauty contrasted against the
majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. Once flowing year-round, the
Rillito now runs primarily during the summer monsoon season. Great
place to ride horses, bird watch, or ride your bike along the bike
You can get there hiking in from Sabino Canyon, but we use Bear
Canyon. Bear Canyon is down Tanque Verde Road. Bring plenty of water.
Waterfalls and pools of water on smooth rock await you at Seven
Desert Mountain Bicyclists
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists (SDMB) is a mountain bike
club that works to improve mountain biking opportunities in the
area. They host mountain bike rides and events for mountain bikers
of all skill levels.
Amateur Astronomy Association
Astronomy and optics are part of the Tucson Culture. Many world
class optical and infrared telescopes are located in the Tucson
Area, and many people work for companies that support these telescopes
and telescopes around the globe. This along with the bright nighttime
stars inspire many to become Amateur Astronomers, at least to some
degree. This is a great place to learn more about astronomy.
Arizona Biking Association
Tucson is a bike friendly town. A wonderful organization that schedule
tours and other group-riding opportunities for further development
of individual cycling skills and to institute safe riding habits.
A Vacation Guide to Tucson Arizona