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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

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.