Get Back to Nature—On or Off the Beaten Path
For a lot of people, getting outside is getting real. If your spirit expands when it's open sky overhead and soil under your feet, set it free in a place where an easy ten minute hike can transport you to another world.
From an easy stroll along the Rillito riverbed to a rugged climb up to Finger Rock, get your workout on Tucson's mountain trails.
Our Urban Loop, bike-friendly streets, and awesome off-road trails make Tucson one of Bicycling magazine's top cycling destinations.
Whether an experienced equestrian or first-time rider, saddle up at a guest ranch or resort or one of Tucson's several stables.
Tucson is surrounded by desert, but did you know the area has seven of the world's nine "life zones," including grasslands and alpine forest?
Share the day with wildlife in the five mountain ranges that surround Tucson, opening their canyons and vistas to climbers of every skill level.
With an elevation range from roughly 2,000 to 9,000 feet, Tucson is home to an amazing variety of ecosystems.
If you're traveling with kids or just young at heart, get comfortable and have some fun.
Southern Arizona is a birder's paradise, home or host to more than 250 species of birds, including many riparian dwellers.
Our clear skies and high mountains have long made Tucson home to some of the world's most-respected observatories.
If you think Southern Arizona is beautiful above ground, just wait 'til you see it from below.
Helping maintain wilderness areas or clear out invasive plants is a great way to learn about Tucson's natural environment and giving give back to the planet at the same time.
"Tucson is a real cycling Mecca. You have good infrastructure for roads, good climbs, nice flats, you also have a lot of bike lanes which is helpful for any cyclist but even for us when you're rolling down the road with 23-24 guys…the interaction with the traffic and the local people has been wonderful" – Lance Armstrong, Team Radio Shack, December 2009. Source: KOLD