Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Hike the high mountains (up to 9,500 ft) and hundreds of miles of trails around the Tucson Basin of Southern Arizona, and experience its unique and varied landscapes, outstanding views, dramatic diversity of flora, fauna and world-class birding. The trails are easily accessed from camps and hotels in the Tucson metro area, making it a day-hiker's paradise.

Less than an hour from the city of Tucson in Southern Arizona are the Santa Catalina, Rincon, Santa Rita, Tucson, and Tortolita Mountains. The region is a hiking enthusiast’s paradise with over 120 national, state, and local parks, peaks up to 9,500 ft and hundreds of miles of trails. Large parts of these ranges are within Saguaro National Park and the Coronado National Forest.

Besides very few rainy days, the area features incredible flora, unusual fauna, and world class birding in the Santa Ritas (250 species of birds, including 15 hummingbird species). The "sky islands" (the tall peaks that are cooler and wetter than the lower elevations) have some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Visit Tucson in early spring to see the wildflower show.  Visit in Early summer to see the Saguaro cacti blooming.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • 9,500 ft
  • Land Manager: Saguaro National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Santa Rita Mountains No. 2962S
  • Green Trails Saguaro No. 2910S
  • Green Trails Santa Catalina Mountains No. 2886S
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
See the best of Pipe Organ Cactus National Monument on 3 short hikes, a stop
Difficulty: Strenuous
Wed, Mar 16, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Hike up beautiful Romero Canyon to the Romero Pools and then take in the wildflowers
Difficulty: Strenuous
Thu, Mar 17, 2022
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Hike the ridge-hugging Hugh Norris trail up to Wasson Peak in beautiful Saguaro National Park.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Mar 18, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
We will hike through 4 biotic zones going 6 miles up Tanque Verde Ridge: desert
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Mar 19, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Hike part of the Arizona Trail along the Bellota Trail, continue down into the Aqua
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Mar 20, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
In beautiful Saguaro National Park, we'll take the Douglas Spring Trail through the desert scrub,
Difficulty: Strenuous
Mon, Mar 21, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Bear Canyon to Sabino Canyon is an incredible hike. Both canyons are stunning, there are
Difficulty: Strenuous
Tue, Mar 22, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
See the best of Pipe Organ Cactus National Monument on 3 short hikes, a stop
Difficulty: Strenuous
Thu, Mar 24, 2022
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Mar 23
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Hike up beautiful Romero Canyon to the Romero Pools and then take in the wildflowers
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Mar 25, 2022
No Prerequisites
5 participants
Registration closes Mar 24
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Hike the ridge-hugging Hugh Norris trail up to Wasson Peak in beautiful Saguaro National Park.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
We will hike through 4 biotic zones going 6 miles up Tanque Verde Ridge: desert
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Mar 27, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Hike part of the Arizona Trail along the Bellota Trail, continue down into the Aqua
Difficulty: Strenuous
Mon, Mar 28, 2022
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
In beautiful Saguaro National Park, we'll take the Douglas Spring Trail through the desert scrub,
Difficulty: Strenuous
Tue, Mar 29, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch

Day Hike - Hike the Mountains of Southern Arizona

Day Hiking Trip
Bear Canyon to Sabino Canyon is an incredible hike. Both canyons are stunning, there are
Difficulty: Strenuous
Wed, Mar 30, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Mar 1
Foothills Branch
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