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Aaron
Ithaca

Tucson

What are some good places for running/hiking near Tucson?

I'm considering a trip to the Tucson area in late Spring and would enjoy getting advice on good areas for running/hiking in the area.


5 Answers

answered by
Travis from Tucson

Sabino Canyon is great. Its a 5 dollar entry for the National Park, but there are multiple hiking trails and some lead to watering holes.  If you  want to run them get out early in the morning (around 7-8) before it gets too busy.  Also anywhere up Mt Lemmon is great


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answered by
Jacob from Flagstaff, Arizona

Sabino Canyon is probably the city's most iconic trail, with a paved, motor-vehicle-free main road and many side trails. Saguaro National Park is also fantastic.


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answered first by
Val from Los Angeles

Sabino Canyon has a nice main (pathed) path--keeping in mind in it IS pretty touristy with a tram service--that is good for running on a surface, unless you meant trail running?


I just did Ventana Canyon Trailhead over Christmas and it was wonderful! More off the beaten path...  The entrance is off a lot at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort


More advanced?  Agua Caliente Trail is pretty good/intense out-and-back.


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answered by
Ken from Tucson

Sabino Canyon, as others have said, has a nice paved 3.5-mile (one way) road which follows Sabino Creek. In late spring there is a good possibility that one or more of the bridges will have water flowing over them -- die hards take off their shoes and splash across. Going up Phoneline Trail is a good hike (check at the National Forest Visitor Center for a map).

Saguaro National Park Easthas a paved 8-mile loop that is very scenic and is good for running/biking.

Ventana Canyon Trailhead and Pima Canyon Trail are my two favorite places to hike.


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answered by
Giselle from Tucson, Arizona

If you want something a little more off the beaten path, try Pima Canyon or Ventana Canyon Trailhead! If you are willing to travel a little, head North of town (up I-10) to Picacho. The hike up is fantastic, one of my favorites! Sabino Canyon  is great but, especially in Spring, will be PACKED with people. If you get to the canyon after 10-ish you usually cannot find parking. As for running, there is a 3 mile loop around Reid Park, which is our major park (between Broadway and 22nd, Country Club and Alvernon). Hope that helps and you have a BLAST in Tucson!!


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  2. Ventana Canyon Trailhead (attraction)
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  4. Sabino Canyon (attraction)
  5. Reid Park (attraction)




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