Take the tram to the top and walk back down for a wonderful day in one of Tucson's riparian areas.
Beautiful hiking views, there is wildlife and occasionally running water. There’s also the option of riding the tram up
Soaring mountains, deep canyons and the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert all found here. Stop in at the visitors center and bookstore for information and tram rides. Guests are also welcome to hike. Paid parking and fee for tram.
Great hikes for all levels. If you're lucky, there might even be water running.
This is truly an amazing canyon! Interesting historical Narrated tram ride on the way up, 9 stops. Ride up and down all day with a pass. Gift shop, restrooms, picnic areas. An absolutely gorgeous place!
Great place to just get out in nature and enjoy the desert. Take the tram from the visitor's center to the top. Get out and walk down the canyon as far as you want before catching the tram back down to the parking lot. Such a beautiful place to walk or hike. No cars or bikes allowed so you can…
“This is the Avenue of the Hip in Tucson. It has been through many incarnations and has never been better. Fun shopping, food, drink, books, gifts and freaks. ”
“If you are here in the summer, check their schedule and go first thing in the morning to catch the animals up and about. There are plenty of indoor spaces but, the meandering pathways to view the desert animals...through this lush desert are not to be missed. At times, they have a night opening in the summer...their programming changes but, it is always planned well and very interesting.”
“Hike the two-mile, round-trip Mica View Loop in the east region to get up close to saguaros with arms that seem to point, salute and even hug. a great place to trail run or just do an easy hike.”
“"The White Dove of the Desert" is a must see. One of my favorite sites to visit in Tucson. Go inside the church, peek into the chapel, walk around and admire the architecture, cute gift shop. Eat Indian Fry Bread prepared by a native from the Tohono O'odham tribe fried on an open air mesquite grill as you order. Climb up to the top of the hill and overlook the city. I've grown up in Tucson and going here is still a treat for me. So close to town and something you don't want to miss.”
“A quick hike around the loop or to Romero Pools brings you around the back side of the Santa Catalina mountains with amazing views of Pusch Peak. These trails are great for kids, since you're near water quite a bit and can splash in the pools. ”