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Hiking around Tucson

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.

Tucson Hiking

Equipment for Hiking in Tucson
Dangers of Desert Hiking!
Hiking Clubs in Tucson
Tucson Map

Where to Hike Around Tucson

Catalina State Park
Finger Rock
Mt. Lemmon
Picacho Peak
Sabino Canyon

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Tucson Hiking Books

Besides the right hiking gear, there are several good books about hiking around Tucson that will help to make your hike more enjoyable.

Tucson Hiking Guide

Betty Leavengood (Author). Hiking guide to the Tucson, Rincon, Santa Catalina, and Santa Rita Mountains completely revised. Betty Leavengood's third edition of her bestselling Tucson Hiking Guide offers new routes and updated access information, detailed maps, and clear descriptions to area trailheads. Includes: 37 hikes rated easy to difficult by mountain range; revised information on precautions for desert hiking; historical notes, photographs, and anecdotes; and detailed maps and descriptions with elevation/distance. Paperback: 212 pages. Publisher: Pruett Publishing; 3rd edition (September 1, 2004).

Best Easy Day Hikes Tucson

Look inside! Best Easy Day Hikes Tucson includes concise descriptions and detailed maps for twenty easy-to-follow hikes in and around Tucson, Arizona. Discover a region of diverse scenery and natural splendors— including a beautiful cactus forest; the Sendero Esperanza Trail, a classic example of the Sonoran Desert’s lush vegetation; and the famous Seven Falls, a series of seasonal cascades in Bear Canyon. Mile-by-mile directions and clear trail maps. Trail Finder for best hikes with children, dogs, or great views. GPS coordinates. Paperback: 96 pages. Publisher: Falcon; First edition (October 14, 2009).