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Jul 1
Haboob, formerly Jazz Telephone, playing traditional jazz, eliciting feelings of ennui and hubris, stages an exciting Summer ...more
Jul 1
 Food in Root presents an open-to-the-public farmers' market, located at the College of Medicine patio, adjacent to the ...more
Jul 1
Tucson celebrates the national day of Canada and the pending arrival of the city's new minor league ice hockey team, schedule...more
Jul 2
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum stays open after sundown on Saturday evenings all summer long as the nocturnal creatures of The ...more
Jul 2
FC Tucson Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL) semi-professional soccer club will start the 4th of July weekend with a bang, ...more
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Posted By: Lesley Kontowicz
This quirky coming of age film was adapted from the novel by Mark Poirier and tells the story of Ellis (Graham Phillips) a 15-year-old boy who is leaving his rather non-traditional home in Tucson ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Trying to decide where to bunk in Tucson? Consider this trio of bed & breakfasts. The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast InnAdobe Rose InnAll allow you to sleep in a beautiful home and enjoy a ...
Posted By: Teya Vitu
There was no way for me to tell it was brimming with calcite, the primary building block for the spectacular cave formations around me. As I have quickly discovered, Kartchner Caverns, about 50 miles ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Aquarius is ascendant in Tucson this summer. No matter what your sign-or budget-the stars predict a great watery getaway, from a discounted stay at a splashy resort to a free front row seat at one of ...
It's the first day of monsoon season, and the sky over Southern Arizona is celebrating in true desert fashion. Magnificent storm clouds collide with the mountains, rain pours down on the windshield ...
I’ve wanted to see this band since I was 15 years old. With a sound as melodic as it is guttural, Bring Me The Horizon has been at the forefront of the metal scene since they made their debut in ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Living so close to Reid Park has some great benefits. This mid-town park contains both the Dell Urich and Randolph public golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, the El Con Club ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Look, I get it. Tucson is hot in the summer. But I still like to get out and mountain bike as much as possible. There are those who still brave the heat and ride during the day but honestly, I ...
Posted By: Laurie
My husband, Don, and I spent a weekend at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone (about 2.5 miles west on Allen St., which turns into West Monument Rd-left a brochure in your mailbox). We had a truly ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
I found something out about myself on Sunday, March 25, 2012: I am not a runner. Let me back up a bit and explain. My good friend Matt, who had enough with his sedentary lifestyle, joined ...

Tucson Mountains

On Tucson's west side, much of the Tucson Mountains are located in Saguaro National Park West, where a forest of saguaros dots the jagged mountainsides. This area has been the backdrop of countless Old West movies and television shows filmed at the nearby Old Tucson Studios. Also nearby, the renowned Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum provides exhibits of the area's plants and wildlife in a natural setting.


Tumamoc Hill
This easy hike (3.1-mile round trip) up a well-paved hill offers fantastic views of the city as well as a perfect spot for watching the sunrise and sunset.

Valley View Overlook Trail
An easy family hike (.076-mile round trip) within Saguaro National Park West that reaches a ridge that provides great views within a 35 mile radius.

Yetman Trail
This moderate (12-mile round trip) hike passes through varied Sonoran Desert terrain in Tucson Mountain Park; it is named after David Yetman, environmentalist and host of KUAT's public television series "The Desert Speaks."

Starr Pass Trail
The Richard Genser Starr Pass Trailhead begins near Starr Pass Resort and is the primary trailhead access to Tucson Mountain Park. The Rock Wren Trail connects the trailhead to the Tucson Mountain Park Trail System.

King Canyon Trail
A moderate (6.5-mile round trip) trek to the summit of Wasson Peak, the highest peak in the Tucson Mountains featuring an exceptional display of giant saguaro, prickly pear and barrel cactus, cholla, ocotillo mesquite and palo verde.


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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.