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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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Outdoor Adventure

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.



Hiking >> 

From an easy stroll along the Rillito riverbed to a rugged climb up to Finger Rock, get your workout on Tucson's mountain trails.

Biking/Cycling >> 

Our Urban Loop, bike-friendly streets, and awesome off-road trails make Tucson one of Bicycling magazine's top cycling destinations.

Horseback Riding >> 

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?

Rock Climbing >> 

Share the day with wildlife in the five mountain ranges that surround Tucson, opening their canyons and vistas to climbers of every skill level.

Plants & Animals >> 

With an elevation range from roughly 2,000 to 9,000 feet, Tucson is home to an amazing variety of ecosystems.

Outdoor Family Fun >> 

If you're traveling with kids or just young at heart, get comfortable and have some fun.

Bird Watching >> 

Southern Arizona is a birder's paradise, home or host to more than 250 species of birds, including many riparian dwellers.

Astronomy >> 

Our clear skies and high mountains have long made Tucson home to some of the world's most-respected observatories.

Caves >> 

If you think Southern Arizona is beautiful above ground, just wait 'til you see it from below.

Voluntourism >> 

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.

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HELPFUL LINKS

Historic Anza Trail

Coronado National Forest

Trails.com

Saguaro National Park

LocalHikes.com

Rock Climbing at Mt. Lemmon

Perimeter Bicycling

 
     

     
 

"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