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Outdoor Adventure

Venture off the beaten path and discover the natural surroundings that make Tucson famous.


Outdoor Mecca

For a lot of people getting outside means getting back to what's real. If you're at your best when there's open sky overhead and dirt under your feet then you've come to the right place.  

Tucson's outdoor environment transports visitors to another world, quite literally. With lush saguaro forests stretching as far as the eye can see, awe-inspiring mountain ranges at every corner of the city, and some of the best sunsets on the planet, it's not hard to find your moment of serenity here.

Whether you're looking for a multi-day backpacking excursion or a short hike into the desert you'll quickly discover that getting outside in Tucson is as real as it gets.


Video: Mount Lemmon Via the Catalina Highway

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Outdoor Activities


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.

Horseback Riding  

Whether an experienced equestrian or first-time rider, saddle up at a guest ranch, resort or one of Tucson's several stables.

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  

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

Lizard in Cactus

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.


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.


Desert beauty was 'sublime' in the way that the romantic poets had used the word - not peaceful dales but rugged mountain faces, not reassuring but daunting nature, the earth’s skin and haunches, its spines and angles arching prehistorically in sunlight.” 

Mountain Climber

Rock climbing in Coronado National Forest

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Birders in Aravaipa Canyon by Dan Sidle


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