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.


Bear Canyon Trail, looking back toward the Catalina Foothills and Tucson.

Tucson Hiking

Morning hike on the Phoneline Trail loop.

Lizard encountered along the Bear Canyon Trail.

Tucson Hiking Saguaro National Park

View of Tucson from Wasson Peak.

Bear Canyon.

Brush Corral Trail, Mount Lemmon, Coronado National Forest.

Desert view from Kings Canyon Trail, Saguaro National Park.

Rattlesnake encountered along the Bear Canyon Trail.

San Pedro Valley view from Green Mountain Trail, Mount Lemmon

Tucson Area Hiking

Desert sunset hiking Wasson Peak