Outbound Collective logo

Tucson is great hiking? Yes.

Mountains on all sides - hikes abound

By: Joel Blatt + Save to a List

First time to Tucson and was rather impressed; great scenery with mountain views every direction.  Weather can't be beat, especially to escape winter cold.  Stayed in east Tucson, which is central to multiple hiking areas; airport is 30 minutes south; peak hikes, national and mountain parks and districts and forests, recreation areas and canyons all around are easy driving distances.

We completed three 8-mile-day-hikes, including Blackett's, Wassan Peak, and Bridal Wreath Falls (and loop,) which equates to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Saguaro West/Tucson Mountain Park, and Saguaro East/Rincon Mountain District.  If we had more days in Tucson we would have taken on bigger hikes, including hike in Mount Wrightson/Madera Canyon and Window Peak via Ventana Canyon Trail in Pusch Ridge Wilderness.  We didn't even research Tortolito Mountain Park; who knows what's to be had there?

The abundance of riches (so many hikes) can make it difficult to pick the right trail, so read trip reports for guidance.  Also, while the hikes are well-marked there are many routes to the same destination/peak.  Plan accordingly and you will reap the rewards.  We'll be back to Tucson in future winters.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Do you love the outdoors?

Yep, us too. That's why we send you the best local adventures, stories, and expert advice, right to your inbox.


7 Hikes You Need to Do in the Phoenix Area

Calvin Weibel

The 5 Best Hikes In Phoenix

Kevin Kaminski

Adventure Gold in the Land of Enchantment: 72 Hours in Silver City, New Mexico

Josiah Roe

The 5 Best Winter Camping Spots in Arizona

Sara Sheehy

The Autumn Leaf Peeper's Guide to Arizona

Jeremy Meek