Hiking Sweetwater Preserve

Wendy Rich Dogs On Trail

Sweetwater Preserve is mountain bike, horse, hiker and dog friendly. On the weekends all of the above come out to play. It is one of Pima County’s newest aquisitions, a 700+ acre preserve located on the East side of the Tucson Mountains. Be prepared to share. It is a popular for mountain … Continue reading

Bicycle Path, The Loop in Tucson

The Loop in Tucson

Pima County is developing The Loop in Tucson metro with links to Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson. Pima County residents and visitors on foot, bikes, skates, and horses can enjoy the more than 100 miles of shared-use paths that have already been completed. If it doesn’t have a motor, … Continue reading

Best Bicycle Trails

The Rillito River Park Trail runs from Craycroft Road to Interstate 10 on both banks of the Rillito River. Since much of it is paved, the trail is ideal for the casual cyclist who wants to avoid motorists. Saguaro National Park-East Loop (paved). Travel east on Broadway or Speedway Boulevard … Continue reading

Parker Canyon Lake

Parker Lake viewed through trees

It took me only about an hour & a half to get to Parker Canyon Lake from Tucson. My friends were pulling a small trailer and it took them about a half hour longer. The road is paved but narrow for about the last 10 miles.

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Mountain Biking Around Tucson

Tucson sports several good mountain bike trails. Here are two: Fantasy Island Trails: 10 miles east of Tucson near intersection of Houghton and Irvington.   50-Year Trail: Drive 20 miles north of Downtown Tucson on Oracle Rd. Turn right at Golder Ranch Rd. The trailhead is a dirt lot just … Continue reading

El Tour de Tucson

Tucson’s Premiere Bicycling Event is usually held the Saturday before Thanksgiving. This year (2011) the big race is November 19th.  Begun in 1983, this is a charity event for University Medical Center (famous now for saving Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords’ life after a deranged man shot her in the head in … Continue reading

Coronado National Forest Recreation

The Coronado National Forest is big and diverse. It includes the Santa Catalina Mountains including Mt. Lemmon, Santa Ritas home to Mt. Wrightson and Madera Canyon, the Huachuca Mountains of which Ramsey and Carr Canyons are well known, the Pinaleno Mountains of which Mt. Graham is the highest peak, Chiracahua … Continue reading