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Jul 5
This is the second race of the Tucson Triathlon Series hosted by TriSports, with a 750-meter pool swim, 12-mile bike ride aro...more
Jul 5
Fun hands-on science-related activities for kids and their families at Children's Museum Tucson.  S.T.E.A.M. Sundays (sc...more
Jul 6
Southern Arizona Roadrunners presents a non-competitive 3-mile run/walk and social event beginning and ending downtown in the...more
Jul 8
Invisible Theatre presents three weeks of musical magic at Skyline Country Club. July 8-10 - The Borscht Belt Boys and ...more
Jul 9
Celebrate the sounds that defined the 1960's with HippieFest 2015.  Experience the peace, love, and music which changed ...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 ...
Iโ€™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 ...


Rock Climbing

Tucson's sunny, dry climate and easy access to thousands of traditional and sport climbs make the Old Pueblo a mecca for rock climbing in Southern Arizona. The five mountain ranges surrounding Tucson offer endless opportunities for climbers of every skill level, from beginners to seasoned, wall-crawling veterans.

Rock Climbing on Mt. Lemmon

One of the top rock-climbing destinations is Mt. Lemmon in Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains. Rising more than 9,000 feet above the Sonoran Desert floor, Mt. Lemmon has more than 1,200 climbing routes, ranging from single pitch clip-ups to multi-pitch traditional routes, and the mountain's steep, craggy walls are ideal for gravity-defying thrills at the end of a rope.

Bouldering in Tucson

Climbers looking for un-roped adventure will have a blast scrambling up and over the short, steep boulders in the foothills surrounding Tucson. These clusters of boulders make great practice sites for beginners who want to hone their skills. Our bouldering areas are popular also with more advanced climbers looking to work on technique.

Tucson Rock Climbing Gyms & Guides

Rocks and Ropes, Tucson's indoor climbing gym has two locations where experts teach climbing and safety skills to anyone and everyone out for adventure, even absolute beginners. Their certified instructors also lead outdoor climbing trips featuring bouldering, top roping, lead climbing and multi-pitch routes. Southwest Trekking is a Tucson guide service that also takes residents and visitors into remote areas of Southern Arizona for rock climbing and other outdoor adventures.

Note: Consistent with safe rock climbing in any destination, climbers of all levels are advised to climb with a partner and check weather reports before venturing into the mountains, as any time of year can bring unexpected weather.

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Southern Arizona Climbers Coalition
Rocks and Ropes
Surrounding Mountains
Southwest Trekking
Mountain Project: Mt. Lemmon
RockClimbing.com  
Coronado National Forest
Explore Arizona Tours
Tucson Weather Report
Mt. Lemmon Weather Report

 
     
     
 

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The September 2011 issue of Climbing Magazine lists Tucson as the #1 town for climbers.