It is very easy to get in touch with nature when you live or vacation in Tucson. One of the best ways to experience the natural wonders of the area is to go on a hike. There are numerous trails throughout Tucson. Some of the best trails can be found in North and West Tucson. There are trails to be discovered in other areas of Tucson, but here, you’ll find more mountain trails. The beauty of a mountain trail is you can hike up to new heights.
Some of the highest trails you can find in the area can be found here at the Santa Catalina Mountains. Reaching elevations of 9,147 feet at Mt.Lemmon. Nature here ranges from something you’d find in Mexico, to something you’d find in Canada. There are also 6 different trails in the Santa Catalina Mountains ranging from 1.5 to 7 miles long.
Bordering the West side of Tucson, you’ll find the Tucson Mountain range. Here, you’ll find 5 different trails from less than 1 mile all the way up to 12 miles long round trip. If you’re looking to enter the scenery from an old western, then this range is where you want to be.
You may not find the heights of the Santa Catalina Mountains at the Tortolita mountains, but you can still find some beautiful scenery. You can also experience Pima County’s only perennial stream. There are two trails, one is a 2-mile round trip and the other is a 7-mile round trip.
Many trails are made for hiking, bicycle riding and horseback riding, but the Rillito River is one of the most beautiful spots to do them all. There is even a freestyle BMX park here for you to get your action sports in during the day. Utilizing the many different parks along the trail, you can play basketball, have a picnic or just watch a sunset.
There is little better than falling asleep to the sound of a bustling river, but the one thing that counts is riding a bicycle by a real river. There is one neighboring park where you can play soccer or baseball. Enjoy the sight of some willow or mesquite trees and just be in touch with nature.
Hiking in Tucson gives you a wide range of options from flat trails all the way to high elevations. We’re lucky here in Tucson to be so close to nature we just have to take advantage of the opportunities we’re given. If you want to take advantage of it, get out there into the wild and take a hike this weekend.