The greater Tucson area encompasses hundreds of trails. You could hike a different trail every day for a year and still have more to see. Whether you prefer challenging climbs or scenic strolls, there are trails for every interest, age and ability. This series will introduce you to some of the many available options, including short walks, nature trails, birding trails, biking trails, scenic trails, historic trails and trails to test your stamina. Read on, then get out there and explore!
Sabino Canyon, located in the Coronado National Forest, is a very popular Tucson destination due to the many activities available in the recreation area. One of the highlights is a narrated tram ride into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area includes a variety of trails for all abilities and ages. Some trails can be accessed from the tram stops. In the spring, vibrant wildflowers draw visitors; in the fall, colorful foliage attracts leaf-peepers. Winter and summer rains add another kind of beauty to the desert landscape.
- Blackett’s Ridge Trail — 6.2 miles, round trip; moderate
- Telephone Line Trail — 4.5 miles, one way; moderate
- Hutch’s Pool — 8.2 miles, round trip; moderate
The Santa Catalina Recreation Area, the most heavily visited part of the Coronado National Forest, includes additional trails. For trail information see, http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coronado/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=74395&actid=50.
The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is approximately 16 miles north of Lazydays Tucson. The visitor center is located at 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750. GPS: 32.309567, -110.824146
RV parking is very limited here. The Sabino Canyon parking lot is small and designed for cars, and tends to fill up quickly. There is no designated RV parking. Your best bet is to take a car and arrive early to ensure parking availability.
$5 parking fee; $8 per person for tram ride (cash only). Coronado Recreation Passes are also accepted.
Tram access in the park
For more information on the Coronado National Forest, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado. Details on the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area can be found on the website or by calling 520.749.8700.
Note: All trail lengths and difficulty ratings are estimates only; always confirm your route in advance of each hike. Be aware that park and trailhead hours may vary by location, season and managing agency, so be sure to check before you go. If you’re new to Tucson’s trails, heed our hiking tips for the safety and comfort of you and your hiking companions.