Reid Park Zoo
Reid Park Zoo is a hidden gem, nestled in the center of Tucson, and is the perfect place to enjoy time outside while discovering the wonders of wildlife.
Experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a Sabino Canyon tram ride. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife. During the winter and summer rainy seasons, pools of water form in rocky outcroppings that wind up among hillsides resplendent with palo verde trees, cholla and prickly pear cactus and graceful groves of ocotillo.
Tucson has a variety of parks and sports fields available to meet your recreational needs. From multi-purpose paths to new lighted soccer fields and a wide variety of ramadas to host family picnics to larger corporate or social events.
The trail is close to town (north of 1st Avenue and Ina Road) and goes out and back so you can hike as far as you want. Most hikers turn around at the dam for a 5-mile walk, about 4 hours for the leisurely hiker. You may miss the dam, a small structure and pond tucked into the west wall of the canyon. Beyond the dam the trail shows its lack of use and is rough and sometimes hard to follow. The trail gets steeper as you climb and has a few scrambles near the top. Count on a full day if Pima Saddle is your destination.
P1 Kart Circuit
Musselman Honda Circuit is a fully functional fully lit racetrack located right here in Tucson. We have the most exiting and fastest go karts around and we specialize in go kart & motorcycle rentals as well as corporate and group events. We host monthly track days for both beginner and advanced drivers/riders for drifting, autosport (cars), sport bikes/supermoto and race karts. Check out the website for more information!
Pusch Ridge Stables
For Tucson’s finest riding come out and experience Pusch Ridge. We offer the best trails and horses, individually selected to suit you. Both the novice and the advanced rider can enjoy the splendor of acres of natural desert or mountain trails that will allow you to peek into the past and view unrivaled beauty. Special nature trails and moonlight riding add to the magnificence of Pusch Ridge.
To increase your enjoyment of Tucson’s great outdoors, allow us to pack you into the mountains for an overnight. Or, join us for an early breakfast ride and watch the desert awake. An evening steak ride through our foothills permits you to witness the awesome colors of a western sunset. Any of these experiences can be yours by joining us at Pusch Ridge.
Whether your group is small and intimate or large and looking for fun, one of our hay rides is perfect for you. We use only horse-drawn wagons and follow desert paths to secluded camp sites where mesquite fires await you. Special activities such as a hoe-down, volleyball or horseshoes are available.
Finger Rock Trail
Finger Rock Trail is a scenic but very demanding hike. The first section of the trail (~ 1 mile in distance) is fairly flat, and takes you through beautiful desert. This section is also your best chance of seeing wildlife before beginning the treacherous ascent. During the rainy season the river alongside the trail flows heavily. After the final river bed crossing the trail bends nearly 180-degrees and initiates the ascent. The majority of the trail is very steep and there are sections of worn down rock that create very slippery surfaces. Good quality shoes are a must for this trail, and sneakers are sufficient as long as the souls are not worn down. The views of the canyon as well as Tucson itself are breathe taking. Once you reach the saddle, the trail splits to form a Y. To remain on Finger Rock Trail, you stay left on your ascent (East). The steepness reduces significantly at this point, and the terrain changes drastically as you are engulfed into a forest. The trail continues for another 1-2 miles along the mountain tops. The very end of the trail is unclear though, and many people have reported never actually finding the final destination.
In terms of time, if you hike at a fairly fast pace with few stops, you will average about 5 hours round trip. However, you could easily spend all day on this trail if you decided to picnic or simply take your time. Regardless, the hike is enjoyable and you will certainly get a workout.
As for gear, be sure to bring lots of water, snacks and sun protection. This hike is not recommended during the hot summer months because the majority of the trail offers little shelter from the sun. The first mile though, yields a beautiful get away any time of year.
Upon completion of the hike, one of the most satisfying aspects is siting your acknowledgement afterwards, when traveling about the city, because The “finger” is easy to identify from just about anywhere in Tucson.
This is a great hike up a well paved hill with fantastic city views. Since this hike is on university property it is one of the only hikes in the Tucson Mountain Range that permits night hiking, making this the perfect hike for sunrise/sunset watching. Tumamoc Hill is a research station that has been studied since 1906. Travel is permitted all the way to the top but on pavement only. With continued respect this route should remain open to the public!
Starr Pass Golf Club
Finishing a round at this 18-hole course gives players an inviting desert golf experience, as the course winds its way through desert washes, over mountain passes and into box canyons.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Named by Reader’s Digest as the Best Secret Garden in America, Tucson Botanical Gardens is an “Oasis in the Heart of Tucson. Featuring seventeen residentially-scaled specialty gardens, including a Barrio Garden, Zen Garden and a Cactus & Succulent Garden landscaped with unusual rocks from the Harrison Yocum collection. Tropical Butterflies from around the world are featured in the Cox Butterfly & Orchid Pavilion October-April. Experience an outdoor Garden Railway, botanically-inspired gift shops, year-round tours, art exhibits and lunch at Café Botánica. Closed Thanksgiving, the second Sunday in October,Dec. 24 & 25, Jan. 1, July 4.
La Paloma Golf Course
This 27-hole, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, appealing to pros and beginners alike, is situated on the lovely 250-acre Westin La Paloma resort and offers magnificent city and mountain views.
Tucson Mountain Park
A 20,000-acre desert natural preserve that accommodates many outdoor activities.
Catalina State Park
Catalina State Park has something for:
1. The kids (they love it when the water is running)
5. Serious Rock-climbers
6. Hikers of all types (Romero Canyon/Pools trail eventually hooks you into the entire Catalina Mountains trail system.
7. Flowers almost year-round
Tohono Chul Park
Cultivate your appreciation for the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and the impression it makes on everyone who explores our “Desert Corner”. Here, the seasons inspire wondrous events both in nature and culturally; Tohono Chul celebrates every opening, whether for an internationally known artist or an exquisite cactus flower. Wander the natural desert gardens—escape the noise of everyday. Engage in our sincere passion to evolve “The Desert Corner” as an integral crossroads of nature, art and culture.