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Feb 28
Summit Hut and the towns of Oro Valley and Marana host this hiking challenge with four options for participants: 5 miles, 10 ...more
Mar 1
Colossal Cave Mountain Park offers special treats on the first Sunday of each month.  This month's theme is "Wildli...more
Mar 4
Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) presents the sixth of its six-week Arizona Winter Circuit with hunter, jumper and equitation cl...more
Mar 7
Enjoy an evening concert featuring Cactus Jam (Folk music) at the Trailhead with standard park admission to Catalina State Pa...more
Mar 8
The Southwestern Fair Commission, Inc is proud to welcome the Escapees RV Club and the 55th Escapade RV Rally at The RV Park,...more
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2015 Travel Guide
Outdoor

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