Benson, Arizona

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  • Cochise, Arizona

    Hike the Cochise Stronghold Trail

    4.0
    12 mi / 1200 ft gain
    Take Rt. 10 east toward Benson and onto Cochise. Follow the sign to Pearce then to Sunsite. Take Ironwood Rd., Forest Rd. 84, for about 12 miles to the Stronghold Campground. Cochise Stronghold is about 1 hour from Tucson and well worth the drive. This is an out and back hike which makes for a lo...
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  • Tombstone, Arizona

    Explore the streets of Tombstone

    5.0
    Fan of Western movies? Most people are aware of Hollywood movies like Tombstone and Wyatt Earp along with the infamous real life Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  But instead of walking where Kevin Costner or Kurt Russell stood, walk the boardwalks along the dusty main drag where the real Doc Holiday...
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  • Tucson, Arizona

    Hike to Javelina Rock

    5.0
    7 mi / 400 ft gain
    Drive through the gate of Saguaro National Park and continue straight onto Cactus Forest Drive. The 8 Mile loop takes you around to Javelina Rock parking area. Take time to enjoy this drive, it offers great views of the park and opportunities to spot coyotes and other wildlife.About 7 miles into ...
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  • Tucson, Arizona

    Tanque Verde Falls

    4.2
    1.93 mi / 430 ft gain
    This hike starts at the Lower Tanque Verde Falls Trailhead, which is a well marked dirt lot on the left side of Reddington Road. A 4x4 would probably make the last half mile or so easier when the road turns to dirt but I made it to the trailhead in a Toyota Carolla without any trouble, so don't l...
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  • 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Arizona

    Drive the Cactus Forest Loop in Saguaro's Rincon Mountain District

    5.0
    8 mi / 550 ft gain
    Saguaro National Park is split into two different "districts" found east and west of Tucson. In the East-Rincon Mountain District you can find over 130 miles of hiking trails. However, for folks who don't have much time in the park, are with friends and family who aren't hikers, or are literally ...
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  • 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Arizona

    Drive the Scenic Loop in Saguaro National Park East (Cactus Forest)

    4.5
    8 mi
    The Cactus Forest scenic drive is one of two scenic drives in Saguaro National Park (the other is in the West district location).  The drive in Saguaro National Park East is a paved eight-mile one way loop that runs through the heart of an extensive saguaro forest.  If you’re lucky enough to visi...
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  • Sonoita, Arizona

    Hike to Hutch's Pool

    5.0
    7.8 mi / 647 ft gain
    Start at the Sabino Canyon trailhead - you can either walk up the dirt road (which adds about 4 miles) or take the $10 tram from the Visitor Center and hop off at the last stop #9. From there you hike 2.5 miles into Sabino Canyon into the basin (beautiful views of the canyon all the way there). O...
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  • Tucson, Arizona

    Camp at Molino Basin

    0 mi / 0 ft gain
    Molino Basin Campground is the only campground of the Catalina District of the Forest Service to be open year round due to its lower elevation at only 4500'. Its position along the Mount Lemmon Highway makes Molino Basin a perfect basecamp for further adventures in the Santa Catalina Mountains, a...
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  • Mount Lemmon, Arizona

    Rock Climb the Hitchcock Pinnacle

    Hitchcock Pinnacle on Mount Lemmon may be the most recognizable landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains due to its prominence over Catalina Highway and Windy Point. Ample parking is available as are bathrooms. The Pinnacle itself features several trad, sport, and top rope routes including a seri...
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  • Tucson, Arizona

    Seven Falls via Bear Canyon

    5.0
    8.3 mi / 917 ft gain
    At the main parking lot of Sabino Canyon, there are a few different trams you can take to nearby trailheads. You have the option to either hop on a tram that will take you to the 7 Falls trailhead for $4 a person, or walk the 2 miles yourself. Once at the trailhead, signs will lead you into Bear ...
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  • Catalina Foothills, Arizona

    Hike the Sabino Canyon Trail

    4.7
    This popular trail is a paved road that crosses 9 stone bridges over Sabino Creek. The creek itself is pretty dry most of the year, but after a rain it's a wonderful place to cool off and escape from the merciless desert heat. Hikers, cyclists and equestrians alike share and enjoy the trail. Ther...
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  • Catalina Foothills, Arizona

    Hike Blackette's Ridge

    5.0
    5.84 mi / 1500 ft gain
    Starting from the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area you'll want to follow signs for the Bear Canyon Trail. Don't worry about how busy it seems - most of the people you see are probably only going as far as the dam or picnic areas. There is a good chance that you'll have the top all to yourself especi...
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  • Tucson, Arizona

    Bike The Loop at The Santa Cruz River Park

    22 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Loop is an in-development series of shared-use, hard-surface paths meant to connect all of Tucson by following the Santa Cruz River and its major tributaries. The Santa Cruz River Park contains 22 miles of The Loop (with another 40 in development) that runs along the western shore of the Sant...
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  • Tucson, Arizona

    Catch a Sunset on "A" Mountain

    4.0
    0.3 mi / 250 ft gain
    In 1910 a group of University of Arizona students took local basalt rock and constructed a 160' block "A" on the east face of Sentinel Peak overlooking Tucson, giving the prominent peak its most commonly known name. Now the area is part of the 272 acre Sentinel Peak Park, and features a great net...
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  • Rio Rico, Arizona

    Camp at Patagonia Lake State Park

    5.0
    Patagonia Lake State Park is located about 70 miles southeast of Tucson on State Route 82, 7 miles south of Patagonia, Arizona. Coming from the north, the drive to Patagonia Lake State Park is very scenic; the road winds through rolling hills and countryside with the looming Santa Rita Mountains ...
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  • Tucson, Arizona

    Hike to the Bowen Stone House via Bowen Trail

    2.4 mi / 300 ft gain
    The Tucson Mountains are home to Saguaro National Park and the Tucson Mountain Park, the latter of which is a massive 20,000 acre park that is home to huge forests of giant saguaro cacti, a wide diversity of desert wildlife, and several long-abandoned farms and ranches like the Bowen Homestead, c...
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