graphicTucson and Southern Arizona offer a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities virtually year-round.

Whether it’s golf, tennis, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, or bicycling, it doesn’t get any better than Tucson. High above the city on Mount Lemmon is the southern-most ski area in North America.

The 12,000-acre Tucson Mountain Park preserve (west of downtown) has foot and horse trails. Sabino Canyon is at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains and contains 17 miles of horseback and hiking trails, picnic areas and a year-round flowing creek.

On both the east and west side of the city sits Saguaro National Park, with vast hiking trails and a visitor center at each location (733-5153 & 733-5158).

A free map is available of metropolitan Tucson, identifying all Pima County Park facilities (740-2690). The city itself has several large parks within city limits, including Reid Park, which contains the Reid Park Zoo with more than 500 animals.

If spectator sports are your interest, Tucson has a full complement of baseball, race track (horse, car and dog racing), one of the largest and oldest annual Rodeos, and the University of Arizona’s Wildcat champion basketball and football teams.


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