Local Hiking and Outdoors

Local Attractions

Hiking | Outdoor Desert Experiences

Here are just a few of the many attractions highlighted in the Tucson Official Visitor’s Guide.
A copy will be included in your packet.  Go to visittucson.org for more information.

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Don’t leave Tucson without visiting one of the beautiful parklands surrounding the city. You’ll find a hiker’s paradise of trails, ranging from leisurely strolls to challenging treks that can take you from desert floor to pine-topped mountain peaks. Also visit www.localhikes.com for more information on Tucson hiking opportunities, including details about each hike (distance, difficulty, etc.) and user reviews.

Sabino Canyon Tours, Inc.
749-2861, 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., east Tucson. Parking $5/vehicle,
Tram $7.50/adults, $3/children 3–12. Open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Sabino Canyon offers spectacular views, a variety of wildlife, and dozens of marked trails that range fromeasy to advanced. The easiest hike is the one that takes you 3.8 miles up the canyon.Other favorites include the Telephone Line Trail and Bear Canyon.

Saguaro National Park West
520-733-5158, 10 miles west of Tucson. $10/vehicle.Tucson Mountain Park just west of town has many great trails. The best place for information is at the Red Hills Visitor Center on Kinney Road. A popular hike is the Sendero Esperanza Trail to the top of Wasson Peak. Reaching the top of the 4,600-foot peak takes about two hours.

Pima Canyon Trail
In north Tucson. The trailhead is at the east end of Magee Road, just past Christie Drive (the extension of 1st Avenue). An exceptional hike for wildlife and scenery, the trail begins with a steep climb as you enter the canyon, then criss-crosses the streambed, offering a nice variety of short climbs and descents. Pima Canyon is a Bighorn Sheep Preserve. Steep climbs and rugged trails are for intermediate and advanced hikers.

Finger Rock Trail
North-central Tucson at the north end of Alvernon Way. A highly visible landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Finger Rock is extremely steep—climbing from 3,000 to well over 7,000 feet. The wildlife is diverse and the city views spectacular. The 10-mile round trip is for intermediate to advanced hikers.

Outdoor Desert Experiences

Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N Alvernon Way | Tucson AZ 85712

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road | Tucson AZ 85743

Sabino Canyon Tours, Inc.
5900 N Sabino Canyon Road | Tucson AZ 85750

Tohono Chul Park
7366 N Paseo Del Norte | Tucson AZ 85704