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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 27
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's annual sale includes regional and desert-adapted trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, and succule...more
Sep 27
Friends of Kartchner Caverns SP will host the inaugural 5K Trail Run among the majestic San Pedro River Valley and mountain r...more
Sep 27
The Bureau of Land Management-Safford Field Office, in partnership with Arizona State Parks, will host a National Public Land...more
Sep 28
Everyone Runs "Split Enz" Catalina State Parkfeatures a 5- and a 10-mile trail race and a 4-mile road run and walk....more

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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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.