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Apr 28
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO) presents guided walks for bird and wildlife enthusiasts through desert grassland...more
Apr 29
Tohono Chul hosts several docent-led and self-guided walking tours of its grounds. Learn to identify birds that are local res...more
May 2
FC Tucson, Tucson's Premier Development League (PDL) semi-professional soccer club, takes on AZ Saguaros for a summer ev...more
May 3
Join Ken Scoville, one of Tucson's leading historians and preservationists, for a 1 1/2 mile adventure travel through time as...more
May 6
Self-guided and guided tours, exhibits, and presentations about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies at annual conference i...more
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2015 Travel Guide

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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Local Hiking & Day Trips

Desert Safety Tips

Leave No Trace 

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Arizona State Parks

Cochise County, Land of Legends

Coronado National Forest

Local Hikes

Madera Canyon

Sabino Canyon

Saguaro National Park Hiking

Sierra Club

Sky Island Alliance

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.