Hiking the Tucson Mountains

Tucson Mountain Park

New Year’s 2016, it being a holiday weekend, Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen, decided to stay away from the more popular hiking trails and try the Yetman Trail from the west entrance, located at the Southwest end of the Tucson Mountains. Years ago, our first encounter with the Yetman … Continue reading

Cycling Oro Valley Is Incredible!

Cycling in Rancho Vistoso, Oro Valley, AZ

By John Westergaard, The Arizona Bicycle Association. Cycling writer John Westergaard of BikeAZ.org, the official media portal for The Arizona Bicycle Association contributed to this article. Jason “The Bike Bandit” Kirk, mountain bike guide for Tucson Bike Rentals and Guided Bike Tours also contributed to this story. ORO VALLEY, Arizona … Continue reading

Cycling To Arivaca & Sasabe

Biking on Arivaca Road

Contributed by Dez Diamond; Arizona Bicycle Association (BikeAZ.org). GREEN VALLEY, Arizona – Green Valley cyclists and roadies can leave their front doors for a wild western bike ride that will be as scenic as it is challenging. Perhaps the most unique ride in our state, the ride to Arivaca will … Continue reading

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

Hohokam Ruins In Catalina State Park

Susan and Charlea at Romero Ranch Ruins

On a perfect Saturday in February, our friends from New York, Susan & Charlea, went with Ms. Karen, Molly Dog, & me to Catalina State Park in Oro Valley. After paying the $7 entry fee, we found a pleasant picnic area and fortified ourselves before hiking the archeological site on the ridge across the road.

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Things To Do In Graham Country: Roper Lake, Dankworth Ponds, & Discovery Park

Roper Lake and Mt. Graham

The area near Safford has several worthwhile things to see and do: Roper Lake State Park, Dankworth Ponds, and Discovery Park. Just to the west of Safford is 10,000 foot-high Mt. Graham. At the top are some of the most powerful telescopes on earth. The road to Mt. Graham is about as steep, narrow, and windy as you’re likely to find in the United States. There’s a nice picnic area about 8 miles up this road from Rt. 191 a few miles south of Safford.

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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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