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Sabino Canyon
#1 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
It is a superb outdoor destination for hikers and walkers of all abilities, from a flat/short nature walk, to a paved 3.7 mile tram road (you can take the narrated tour tram ride roundtrip for $10, well worth the...
Great place and desert museum (small but comprehensive with Park Rangers) Has a tram (not expensive) that you can ride up the canyon, but you can also walk or cycle too!
Saguaro National Park
#2 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Giant Saguaro everywhere you look; great hiking trails and short nature trails; wonderful visitor center with great exhibits and a fun shop; easy hike up to Signal Hill for great views and petroglyphs.
For a perfect day in the desert, time your visit so you go to the Sonoran Desert Museum first, followed by Saguaro National Park, and then finish at Gates Pass for a stunning sunset view.
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Madera Canyon
#3 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
The canyon offers all levels of hiking from an easy nature trail to strenuous Big Baldy trail.
The peace and beauty of the stream, hillside, the up-canyon Nature Trail and other trails, are exceptional.
Catalina State Park
#4 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
We took our Christmas day hike at Catalina State Park and saw about a dozen bird varieties, beautiful desert plants and a stunning landscape with the Santa Catalina mountains dusted with snow.
Catalina State Park is close to Tucson and vicinity, yet when you start hiking, you are in the wilderness of rolling hills, waterfalls and low grasslands....at the base of the lovely Catalina Mountains.
Tohono Chul
#5 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
The park has undergone some amazing changes over the last few years: more trails (which are now marked), beautiful sculptures, phenomenal art.
Near one of the busiest intersections in Tucson (Ina and Oracle), Tonoho Chul offers 45 acres of nature walking trails, both paved and unpaved, with opportunities to view up close and personal a wide variety of So...
Tucson Mountain Park
#6 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
With a diverse array of trails for beginners to intermediate hikers, Mountain Park has enough variety in trails, vista, and 'oh wow' moments that it's the best value in Tucson (it's free ;) ).
We did a lot of short desert hikes on trails out of the campground and celebrated Thanksgiving with a hike on the Brown Mountain loop trail...we road our bicycles on the park scenic loop road just outside the c.g....
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Tucson Botanical Gardens
#7 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Lovely park with lots to love - many types of cactus (saw the baseball cactus for the first time), aviary, sculptures and mosaics, model railroad which runs whenever you push the button (little ones love it).
If you want a very pleasant couple of hours of just wandering and enjoying nature, you will enjoy the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Tumamoc Hill
#8 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Good opportunity to exercise in the fresh air and nature.
That makes us feel good about the people there--desiring to stay close to nature.
Agua Caliente Park
#9 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
The park is has a lot to offer: Drinking water, grills, hiking trials, historic sites, picnic areas, restrooms, walking paths, nature shop, Visitor Center and Art Gallery, birding, Environmental Education programs...
As a visitor to Tucson I love going into the desert and experiencing the cactus and great views from the many hikes however, it was equally wonderful to discover Agua Caliente park with its oasis like setting - a...
Reid Park Zoo
#10 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
While small in scale, Reid Park Zoo is nonetheless a very worthwhile visit, very nicely done, attractively landscaped, well maintained, friendly staff, and some great opportunities to see and even interact with an...
Small enough to walk around easily Reid Park features a happy elephant family, camel rides, and a series of animal exhibits for family viewing and learning about conservation efforts.Nice little train ride by the...
Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo
#11 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
B & B Cactus Farm
#12 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
My friend, who is a "friend of nature" had expressed his fondness for the scorpion previously, so I returned to buy it for him as a birthday present.
Ventana Canyon Hiking Trail
#13 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
This is our favorite canyon to walk--the weather was so beautiful and they keep the park pristine--the only negative i have is that the bathrooms were really really awful--will you be sprucing these up soon--please
This is one of the best trails around Tucson. Park in the area behind the employee parking for the Loews Venatana Canyon Resort.
A Mountain (Sentinel Peak)
#14 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
What an amazing ride up A Mountain!!! Sentinel Park is amazing if you take a minute to walk out to the gazebo you will find breathtaking views.....I photographed deer, roadrunners, hawks and a beautiful snake up i...
If one actually steps back from the fantastic vista (easier said than done), and hikes around the park.
Reid Park
#15 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
It is a great place to kill time, wear out children and pets, enjoy the weather and see a bit of nature.
Many of our out of town guest visited the park while in town for the wedding and loved that it is so family friendly.
Finger Rock Trail
#16 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
You park at a big parking lot at the end of Pontatoc Rd and then cross the street and head north until you reach the trailhead.
Great for nature lovers !!!
Rillito River Park
#17 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
connects to the river trail which is great for walking, running or biking; trail has multiple different parks every 1-2 miles for kids and pets to enjoy; great for long bike rides without any worry about dealing w...
The Tucson loop, which includes the Rillito River Park, provides some of the best trails as they are very smooth, wide, and well maintained.
Signal Hill Trail
#18 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
This is a great, short hike in the Saguaro National Park-West.There are lots of steps built into a well-maintained trail that leads up a mountain to the picture rocks.
Located in Saguaro West, Signal Hill Trail is our favorite short trail in the National Park.
Pima Canyon
#19 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
back to nature right in town
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
#20 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
They transport you to peace,calm and tranquility.The setting is perfect for the camera buff, nature lover,and the meditator.
It’s a lovely park to do a morning walk.
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Tanque Verde Falls
#21 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
The drive from the city wwas pleasant in and of itself, taking us up into seguaro national Park.
Sweetwater Preserve
#22 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Spanish Trail Outfitters
#23 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Saved me $80 over the other stable I was looking at, the only difference being that one actually took you into the Saguaro National Forest Park.
Wasson Peak
#24 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Once a month and during the winter months only, Saguaro National Park offers ranger led hikes to the summit of Wasson Peak to watch the sunset.
... planes approaching the Tucson airport (you can wave at the passengers and see if they wave back), see all kinds of interesting critters, and meet really cool people and Park Rangers, Wasson Peak is for you.
Fantasy Island
#25 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
King Canyon Trail
#26 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
This trail, and the larger park area, are just outside Tucson making it easily accessible for visitors and locals alike.
Douglas Spring Trail
#27 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Yume Japanese Gardens
#28 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
A great discovery of a little known treasure of authentic types of private gardens to stroll or stay in each setting to enjoy the plants and fixtures decorating the mini parks, including the koi pond.
Desert Ecology Trail
#29 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
Love the Loop drive through the Park.
Need your park pass to access this trail.
Linda Vista Trail
#30 of 76 Nature & Parks in Tucson
The first third or so is mostly sand paths along the park border; the assent (300 or so feet of vertical) is rocky but manageable.