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Tucson Arizona Outdoor Attractions & Activities
Tucson is nearly surrounded by five mountain ranges, most of which are protected as city and state parks, national forest, or national park. With over 350 days of sunshine per year, Tucson is the ideal location for outdoor activities with dry warm fantastic year-round weather. Mild winters make Tucson a year-round destination. Only minutes from the hotel is Sabino Canyon and Catalina State Park which provide excellent terrain for hiking and mountain biking. Within minutes, enjoy Mount Lemmon for hiking among pine trees and viewing the entire Valley below. The city’s location lends itself to hot air ballooning, cycling, golfing, rock climbing, bouldering, geocaching, bird watching, fishing, horseback riding and much more.
There are over 140 outdoor activities in Tucson but the most popular outdoor activities are golfing, hiking, horseback riding, hot air balloons and scenic day trips in to the nearby desert or Southern Arizona towns.
The Sabino Canyon Recreation area is one of the most visited outdoor sites in Tucson. This trail will accommodate everyone from the most experienced to the least. If you don’t have the footwear or the energy, then simply pay a small fee and hop on the tram. Spend some time in the visitors center before venturing out, you’ll find an assortment of gifts, books, guides and an impressive source of reference about our beautiful desert. A small fee for parking is required.
Getting there: From downtown Tucson, take Oracle Road North to Ina Road, turn right (East) stay on Ina which will dead-end at Sabino Canyon Rd. Turn left and the entrance to the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area will be on your right.
Catalina State Park
P.O. Box 36986
Tucson, AZ 85740
Phone #1: 520-628-5798
Stop at Ranger station before entering the park to pick up field information on the plants and animals living here. Excellent trail system. Romero Trail follows a wash and running creek—usually a good site for viewing an assortment of plants.
Getting there: From downtown Tucson, take Oracle Road North to Hwy. 77. Daily fee $6/car, 5 a.m.–10 p.m. Visitor center 7 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. Camping $15–$20. Allow 2–4 hours.
The highest point is Mt. Lemmon at 9,147 feet, noted as the southernmost ski destination in the United States. A trip from the Tucson valley to Mt. Lemmon takes you from 2,000 to about 9,000 feet, with scenery that resembles a trip from the Mexican to the Canadian border.
Getting there: From Speedway and Campbell, head east on Speedway Blvd for 5.0 miles. Turn left at N Wilmot Rd and follow for a half mile. Wilmot turns into Tanque Verde Red. Continue on E Tanque Verde Rd for 3.8 miles. Turn left at E Catalina Hwy and follow for 4.5 miles. This turns into Mt Lemmon Hwy that you follow up for 24.6 miles.
Great Western Tours
3900 W. Flying Diamond
Tucson, AZ 85742
Ph (520) 572-1660
Tours are conducted by the most experienced driver/guides in the business. Great Western Tours do more tours to more places more often than any other tour company in Tucson!
Sunshine Jeep Tours
9040 North Oracle Road, Suite D
Tucson, Arizona 85737
Ph (520) 742-1943
Experience the wonders of the Sonoran Desert in a four-wheel drive guided jeep adventure.
Off the Beaten Path Tours
Arizona Custom Tours
Baja’s Frontier Tours
Desert Path Tours
Cattle Drive and Cowboy Cookout
Trail Dust Adventure Jeep Tours
Gray Line Tours
P.O. Box 1991
Tucson, AZ 85702
Toll-Free (800) 276-1528
Ph. (520) 622-8811
Classic Tour and Transportation
5741 N Trisha Ln
Tucson, AZ 85741
Ph (520) 327-3333
Winterhaven Arrangers Hay Rides & El Conquistador Stables
10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704
Big Sky Rides Inc
Tucson, AZ 85701
Pantano Riding Stables
4450 South Houghton Road Trailer 1, Tucson, AZ 85730
Rocking K Ranch Stables
13401 East Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85747
Arizona by Balloon
Tucson, AZ 85742
Fleur De Tucson Balloon Rides
Tucson, AZ 85718
BEST WESTERN InnSuites Tucson Foothills Hotel and Suites is your sports connection
Just a few miles on Oracle Road to Tucson Electric Park, University of Arizona, Hi Corbett Field and Southwestern International Raceway
Tucson Electric Park
Spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox
2500 E Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713
Ph (520) 434-1000
The 11,000-seat stadium and 138-acre Kino Veterans Memorial Sportspark, considered one of the finest training facilities in Major League Baseball, are also home of the D-Backs’ AAA affiliate, the Tucson Sidewinders.
University of Arizona
Home of the Tucson Wildcats
Tucson, Arizona 85721
Ph (520) 621-5918
The University of Arizona is one of the top ranked research universities in the nation! More than just students and faculty, the UA community is rooted in more than a century of history and tradition.
High Corbett Field
3400 E. Camino Campestre
(Between Country Club Road and Randolph Way)
Hi Corbett Field, Tucson, AZ, the Spring Training home of the Colorado Rockies was constructed in the 1930’s and dedicated in 1951 after Hiram Steven Corbett. The Rockies have trained at Tucson’s Hi Corbett Field prior to every season in franchise history.
Southwestern International Raceway
11300 S Houghton Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85747-9755
Ph (520) 762-9700
Tucson Raceway Park
12500 S. Houghton Road
Tucson, AZ 85747
Ph (520) 762-9200
Tucson Rodeo Grounds
4823 S. 6th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85714
Ph (520) 741-2233
Golf in Tucson Arizona
While the winter season is sure to be the perfect time to golf, summer is a great time for beginners as well as veteran golfers.
The atmosphere is more relaxed; some courses relax their dress code.
Also, because the courses are less crowded, players aren’t as likely to feel pressured to speed up their game and there are fewer eyes watching when you tee off.
Plus, courses that are out of reach, either because of high green fees or scarce tee times, suddenly woo Arizona’s 500,000 golfers with drastically reduced rates and perks such as free golf balls, meals and unlimited practice time.
Most courses drop their rates by as much as 75% in the summer.
Arizona has more than 300 municipal and resort courses that are open to the public.
Here are some that are recommended by the locals:
El Conquistador Country Club : 10555 N. La Cañada Drive, Ph (520) 544-1800
The dramatic views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Tucson valley below provide a truly memorable golf experience.
Ventana Canyon : 6200 North Clubhouse Lane, Ph 520.577.4015
Nature lover’s paradise with Arizona’s beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop to the resort and its spectacular championship golf courses.
Randolph : 600 South Alvernon Way, Ph (520) 791-4161
The longest golf course in the City of Tucson system, Randolph measures 7,000 yards from the championship tees and 6,500 yards from the regular tees. The scenic course setting offers numerous tall trees, lush fairways, and a beautiful view of the mountains surrounding Tucson.
The Pines Golf Club : 8480 N. Continental Links Drive, Ph (520) 744-7443
The Pines offers a mix of dramatic elevation changes and stunning mountain views with 18 enjoyable holes.
Arizona National : 9777 E. Sabino Greens Drive, Ph (520) 749-3636
Arizona National (formerly The Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs) is desert golf at its finest. The golf course meanders among the foothills of Tucson’s beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as it follows the rugged natural flow of the land across shady mesquite-lined arroyos and skirts craggy rock outcroppings.
LaPaloma: 3660 E. Sunrise Drive, Ph (520) 299-1500
Nature was the inspiration for the LaPaloma golf resort which features the rugged beauty of the Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop to the lush high Sonoran Desert that plays host to giant saguaro cactus, native succulents, wild flowers and songbirds.
Santa Rita: 16461 S. Houghton Road, Ph (520) 762-5620
Up above Tucson in the foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains is a championship golf course that has Bermuda fairways (overseeded in winter) and bent-grass greens. In addition to the par 72/73 course, two putting greens and a driving range.
Star Pass : 3645 West Starr Pass Boulevard, Ph (520) 670-0400
Dorado : 6601 E Speedway Blvd, Ph (520) 885-6751
Rolling Hills : 8900 East 29th St, Ph (520) 298-2401
Omni Golf Resort: 2727 West Club Dr, Ph (520) 575-7540
Mountain View: 38691 S. MountainView Blvd, Ph (520) 818-1100
Arthur Pack : 9101 North Thornydale Rd, Ph (520) 744-3322
Quail Canyon: 5910 N. Oracle Road, Ph (520) 887-6161
Trying Your Hand at Summer Golf ?
Then, Here are a Few Tips:
Start Early. Although courses open near sunrise and golfers are still headed out to play near sunset, many veteran summer golfers avoid early morning because overnight watering creates humidity and damp turf. Others prefer the early-morning tee times to beat the heat.
Hydrate. This isn’t the time for a beer or margarita. Enjoy Gatorade and Bottled water available in clubhouses.
Shade. Look for courses, such as Randolph, that have long stretches of fairway lined with mature shade trees.
Use sunscreen and reapply often. You’ll either sweat it off or towel it off.
Bring towels to wet and drape over head and shoulders along the back nine.
Dress for the heat. New fabrics used in golf attire absorb sweat, protect against ultraviolet light and keep you cooler. Wear hats and sunglasses.