Tucson Sports & Activities

Fall, winter, and spring in Tucson are mild with little rainfall, making the Tucson area wonderful for outdoor sports. The city has miles of bike paths (shared by joggers and walkers), plenty of open spaces with memorable desert views, and some of the best golf courses in the country. Hikers enjoy the desert trails in Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, and Catalina State Park—all within 20 minutes of central Tucson. In summer there are cooler treks in nearby mountain ranges—Mount Lemmon to the north and Madera Canyon to the south. Equestrians can find scenic trails at one of the many area stables or dude ranches.

Adventure Tours

Baja's Frontier Tours. This operator explores the natural and cultural history of Tucson and the greater Southwest by van and motorcoach. Tours...

Ballooning

Balloon America. Passengers can soar above Sabino Canyon and the Santa Catalinas in a hot-air balloon. Two-hour tours ($349 includes in-flight...

Bicycling

Tucson is one of America's top bicycling cities and has well-maintained bikeways, routes, lanes, and paths all over the city. Scenic-loop roads...

Bird-Watching

The naturalist and illustrator Roger Tory Peterson (1908–96) considered Tucson one of the country's top birding spots, and avid "life listers...

Golf

Tee off after 1 pm at many of Tucson's courses, and you can shave off nearly half the greens fee. The city’s public courses also have lower...

Hiking

For hiking inside Tucson’s city limits, you can test your skills climbing up "A" Mountain (Sentinel Peak), a moderately easy trail with excellent...

Horseback Riding

Pantano Riding Stables. This is a reliable operator of one-hour or longer rides on the far east side of town and into Saguaro National Park...

Rodeo

Tucson Rodeo. In late February, Tucson hosts Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, the largest annual winter rodeo in the United States, a nine-day...

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