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    Top Spots in and near Catalina Foothills

    • 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

      Hike Tumamoc Hill

      5.0
      3 mi / 800 ft gain
      Tumamoc Hill is urban adventuring at it's finest. Park on Anklam Road, directly across from St Mary's Hospital, and follow the other hikers and runners to the trailhead.Tumamoc Hill is a one-lane paved road, trafficked infrequently by University of Arizona employees who work on the Hill's ecology...
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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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    • 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

      Romero Pools via Romero Canyon

      4.8
      5.52 mi / 1155 ft gain
      To enter the Catalina State Park costs $7 per vehicle with up to four adults. You then drive to the trailhead parking lot. There will be a restroom and a very small shop there. From the trailhead, you almost immediately crosse Sutherland Wash, which flows seasonally. The first 1.1 miles is relati...
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    • Tucson, Arizona

      Canyon Loop Trail in Catalina State Park

      2.26 mi / 180 ft gain
      The Canyon Loop trail is an easy hike through the foothills that begins and ends at the Trailhead parking lot. (End of the road when you enter Catalina State Park from Oracle Rd - entrance fee required)  The loop is relatively flat, although starts with a short uphill burst before leveling off. ...
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    • Tucson, Arizona

      Mountain Bike the Desperado Loop

      3.6 mi / 231 ft gain
      The Desperado Loop in the Sweetwater Preserve is a great introductory mountain biking loop that is perfect for beginners, yet the Loop can also be tied into the larger Sweetwater Trail System for more advanced riders. Beginning from the parking lot, the Desperado Trail loop quickly rises to a rid...
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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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    • Tucson, Arizona

      Catch The Sunset on Gates Pass

      4.0
      Get on E Speedway Blvd, and follow it West until it turns into W Gates Pass rd. Follow this for 3 miles and the parking lot will be at the top of the pass. There are a few viewing platforms that offer shade from the desert heat. There are numerous trails that you can follow to get whatever view y...
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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

      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

      Hike Mint Springs Trail

      5 mi / 2000 ft gain
      This hike begins in the town of Summerhaven in Mount Lemmon, Tuscon AZ. This is after about an hour long drive up a 25 mile paved, winding road. Any car can access this trail-head easily. Once you reach Summerhaven, drive up Carter Canyon Rd. Park at the end of the road. Do not enter any private ...
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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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    Camping and Lodging in Catalina Foothills

    Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 2
    Tucson, Arizona

    Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 2

    Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 1
    Tucson, Arizona

    Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Cactus Ramada 1

    Tucson / Lazydays KOA Resort
    Tucson, Arizona

    Tucson / Lazydays KOA Resort

    Molino
    Tucson, Arizona

    Molino

    Whitetail Campground
    Mount Lemmon, Arizona

    Whitetail Campground

    Showers Point Group Site
    Mount Lemmon, Arizona

    Showers Point Group Site

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