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Nov 1
The Empire Ranch, in Sonoita, hosts living historians in a re-creation of cowboy's life on the ranch with exhibits, Western r...more
Nov 1
Enjoy an evening concert featuring Saguaro Sunset Bluegrass Band at the Trailhead with standard park admission to Catalina St...more
Nov 8
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at this free, daylong, family-oriented event at Sabino Canyon Recreation...more
Nov 9
A scenic mostly flat course starts/finishes at Sabino High School, travels neighborhood roads at the foot of the Catalina Mou...more
Nov 11
Celebrate National Parks Veterans Day with free admission Nov 11th in Southern Arizona, including Saguaro National Park east ...more

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Santa Rita Mountains

On Tucson's far south side, the scenic Santa Rita Mountains are a biodiversity hotspot, providing important habitat for many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, bees, and plants in Coronado National Forest. In Madera Canyon, a world-famous spot for bird watching, hiking trails vary from paved, handicap-accessible trails and gentle walking paths in the lower canyon, to steep, expert trails leading to the top of 9,453-foot Mt. Wrightson, the highest point in the range and the highest point in the Tucson area.


Bog Springs Trail
This moderate, 5-mile (round trip) loop trail through an area of bubbling springs, green grasses, big trees and long distance views is popular during the cooler months for observing birds and other wildlife.

Old Baldy Trail
This challenging and enormously popular 10-mile trek (round trip) leads to the 9,453-foot summit of Mount Wrightson, and climbs more than 4,000 vertical feet and tops out on one of the most spectacular summits in the state.

Cave Creek - Gardner Canyon Loop
This strenuous, long (10-mile round trip) and scenic loop on the eastern slopes of the Santa Rita Mountains combines several legs of rarely used and remote trails.


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Arizona State Parks

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Coronado National Forest

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Madera Canyon

Sabino Canyon

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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.