By Kim Lasota
Beautiful weather, diverse terrain, and four distinct mountain ranges make Tucson, Arizona a hiker's paradise.
There are so many places nearby to easily drive, park and hike.
Some of the best places to hike around Tucson, AZ are just a few minutes outside of the city limits.
The most popular Tucson hiking spots include Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Mountains to the north of Tucson, Catalina State Park on the northwest side just north of Marana, and Sabino Canyon located on Tucson's northeast side.
There may be some fees to hike or camp on state or federal parks. Usualy a $5 daily fee applies.
Hiking in the desert, especially in the summer. There are many situations where hikers need medical help because they were not prepared for the heat. Prepare yourself and find out about the dangers of desert hiking.
It's easy to get started and good exercise-physically, mentally, and spiritually. The right hiking equipment makes the difference. Find some great Tucson hiking spots and local hiking trails.
Reprinted from Entertainment Magazine, August 1993.