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Aug 30
Run along scenic Elgin Road with views of the Huachucca Mountain range, the Bisquit, and rolling grasslands, and finishing up...more
Sep 6
Enjoy an evening concert featuring Annon and the Late Show (Jazzed R&B) at the Trailhead with standard park admission to ...more
Sep 14
The National Kidney foundation of Arizona (NKF AZ) presents a fun and inspiring community fundraiser that calls attention to ...more
Sep 20
Arizona State Parks provide fun, educational Star Night Astronomy events! At a typical star night event you can hear a lectur...more
Sep 26
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's annual sale includes regional and desert-adapted trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, and succule...more

Santa Catalina Mountains

Located on Tucson's north side, the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains in Coronado National Forest are Tucson's most prominent range with the highest average elevation. The highest point is Mt. Lemmon at 9,147 feet, noted as the southernmost ski destination in the United States. A trip from the Tucson valley to Mt. Lemmon takes you from 2,000 to about 9,000 feet, with scenery that resembles a trip from the Mexican to the Canadian border.


Sabino Canyon Trail >>
Easily accessible from the city's northeast side, the Sabino Canyon Recreation area is one of the most visited outdoor sites in Tucson. This easy, 8-mile (round trip) trail will accommodate everyone, from the most experienced to the least.

Mt. Lemmon Meadow Loop >>
This easy, 1.5-mile (round trip) loop among Mt. Lemmon's pine trees offers wonderful views of Tucson and Oro Valley and features views of an active lookout tower.

Romero Pools Trail >>
This moderate, 5.5-mile hike (round trip) to Romero Pools, in Catalina State Park north of Tucson, features a superb picnic site and photographic subjects, and swimming hole with slippery rocks and deep pools.

Blackett's Ridge Trail >>
This moderate, 7-mile (round trip) hike along a narrow, sheer-walled ridge overlooking Sabino Canyon northeast of Tucson offers an intense, exhilarating workout and great views.

Finger Rock Trail >>
This strenuous hike 6-mile (round trip) starts out easy for the first mile, and then progressively gets harder as the trail begins to steepen. The trail head is at the north end of Alvernon Way and offers spectacular views of the city.

Ventana Canyon Trail >>
This challenging, 6.4-mile hike begins at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and follows a rugged, steep trail up Ventana Canyon in the front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains and ends at a spectacular rock arch at the top of a peak. 



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Permits & Maps

Stop by a hiking-camping supply store to purchase a map or hiking guide or to contact local hiking groups and organizations for suggestions. The Summit Hut and Southern Arizona Hiking Club are good places to start.

Hiking permits are required for some areas, and can be obtained from Coronado National Forest.