Ever since my first experience in Arizona several years ago, desert hiking has held a special place in my heart. I got to enjoy the exquisite red rocks of Sedona, the high desert near Flagstaff, and mountain parks near Phoenix. I returned a couple years ago and enjoyed hiking in the Tucson area.
Growing up in coastal northern California with its beautiful forests, it might seem surprising that I enjoy desert hiking so much. There are so many opportunities locally that I’ve been able to enjoy over the years, and many fantastic trails and parks. But the desert has a unique charm. It’s so vast, so different, and so incredibly amazing.
I plan to follow up with details on some of the best hikes I was able to squeeze into my few days in Arizona. But for now, I offer Tucson hiking in 10 photos.