Outdoor Activities in Tucson

Outdoor activities in Tucson are a mix of adventure sports and some laid-back vibes amidst scenic beauty. Tucson comes with an ideal terrain and atmosphere to spend active holidays and make plenty of unforgettable memories. So, explore the wilderness of Tucson and spend some time in the lap of nature with these exciting outdoor activities Tucson has to offer. From the most adventurous experiences to the most popular ones, the following list combines it all to make sure you do not miss these unique experiences while planning a trip to Tucson.

From sunrise to sunset, let's discover the best spots for outdoor activities in Tucson:

  1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Museum, Wildlife Sanctuary , Aquarium

    The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museumconsists of over 97 acres of land and most of its ‘exhibits’ are located in the outdoors-giving you a rare peak of over 230 animals, reptiles, insects, birdsand amphibians which are native to Arizona. The museum also has an Aquarium with fishes that arenative to this part of the world and asalt-water gallery that showcases marine life in the Gulf of C...Read more
  2. Sabino Canyon

    4.8 (486 Votes)
    Sabino Canyon

    Outdoors, Canyon, Bird Watching

    The Sabino Canyon is a recreation center which consists of some of the most spectacular natural sights and hiking trails in Tucson. A favorite local weekend spot, you will find people hiking, biking, walking, horseback riding or simply immersing themselves in photography, bird watching or simply exploring the wildlife of the canyon. No private vehicles are allowed here but you can opt for a loc...Read more
  3. Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

    Outdoors, Off Beaten Path, Hiking Trail, Scenic Drive

    The Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway’s paved road takes you to the upper regions of the Mount Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Range and is a picturesque route with roadways carved through rocky terrains and forest that merge with the Desert. The whole Byway takes you to beautiful camping places or even places where you can stop by and have a picnic. The diverse wildlife and nature along with hiking ...Read more
  4. Gates Pass

    4.8 (221 Votes)
    Gates Pass

    Scenic Drive, Nature

    The Gate Pass is the gateway to the Tucson Mountains and consists of a scenic route which overlooks the whole city of Tucson. This gate was started in the late 19th century by Thomas Gates as a shortcut to reach the Tucson Mountains. The pass has been featured in many popular TV series and is one of the ‘must-sees’ if you like small road trips. If you love photography, carry a camer...Read more
  5. University Of Arizona

    5 (192 Votes)
    University Of Arizona

    Educational Site

    University of Arizona is one of the oldest Universities in the US and was founded in 1885. The iconic college today has one of the top football teams in Arizona and opens its door for its visitors to experience the Visitorcenter, History tour and the favorite Public Art tour. The university has framed the youth of not just Tucson but also Arizona and a tour of its campus will surely give you a ...Read more
  6. Madera Canyon

    5 (164 Votes)
    Madera Canyon

    Outdoors, Trail, View Point, Hiking Trail

    The Madera Canyon offers a number of natural trails for hiking and is home to over 200 species of birds- making it a favorite place for bird-watching. The canyon itself is loved for its variety of terrain – from desert grassland to its dense mountain forests. The place is apt for a small trek and a picnic here with family and friends is ideal especially during the summer season. If you ar...Read more
  7. Houston's Horseback Riding

    4.7 (243 Votes)
    Houston's Horseback Riding

    Outdoors, Adventure

    The Houston's Horseback Riding arranges horse-back tours through the trails of the Sonoran desert and the Saguaro National Park. The place also arranges horse-riding classes for children and is loved for its rustic yet interactive tours and lessons. If you love horses or are simply looking for an un-tourist way to explore the natural trails in Tucson, a visit here is simply a start to a fabulou...Read more
  8. Tucson Mountain Park

    4.7 (133 Votes)
    Tucson Mountain Park

    Outdoors, Trail

    Most of the Tucson Mountain Park is a part of Saguaro National Park and has been the shooting location for a number of old-west, cow-boy movies. The whole terrain is loved for its hiking trails and intimate spots where you can truly feel one with nature. Highlights include: Tumamoc Hill known for its sunset and sunrise views. Yetman Trail that covers the Sonoran Desert terrain. King Canyon Tra...Read more
  9. Tucson Balloon Rides

    4.7 (25 Votes)
    Tucson Balloon Rides

    Outdoors, View Point, Adventure

    The Tucson Balloon Rides offers Hot Balloon Rides over the scenic Sonoran Desert, Tucson Mountains, Saguaro National Park West and the Avra Valle and gives you a stunning sight of all its features and terrains. A must for every adventurist or simply someone who would love to see Arizona from a bird’s eye and appreciate its stunning sunrise and sunset views. Do carry a camera with you if y...Read more
  10. White Stallion Ranch

    4.8 (14 Votes)
    White Stallion Ranch

    Outdoors, Ranch, Trail

    The White Stallion Ranch is an ideal way to see Tucson in a short 2 days. The ranch offers rustic accommodation with modern amenities and an on-ground ranch where you can explore the trails of the Tucson mountains by taking their horse-riding tours! The ranch’s location itself offers a relaxed, rejuvenating experience. The view, the beautifully maintained horses and the service all sum up...Read more
  11. Sentinel Peak

    4.8 (232 Votes)
    Sentinel Peak

    Outdoors, View Point, Scenic Drive

    Named after the giant white-washed ‘A’ which was laid down by the students of the University of Arizona, the Sentinel Peak is loved not just for the view of the city from the summit but also for the scenic ride to reach it! The sunsets here are an absolute treat and if you love to explore places which have a tranquil ambience, a relaxing drive to the place is exactly what should be ...Read more
  12. Tumamoc Hill

    4.8 (60 Votes)
    Tumamoc Hill

    Outdoors, View Point, Hill

    The Tumamoc Hill is taken care of by the University of Arizona and is a popular spot for locals to take late evening walks. The hiking trails are easy and take about 2 hours to complete and combined with the beautiful view and the flora of the place, is simply another one of Tucson’s scenic places. Highlights Include: View of the Tucson city from the hill Hiking through the trails
  13. Finger Rock Trail

    5 (94 Votes)
    Finger Rock Trail

    Outdoors, Trail, Nature

    Named after a landmark that resembles a closed hand with the index finger extended, the Finger Rock trail is one of the favorite places for avid hikers. The whole trail covers a distance of around 6 miles on a round trip and takes you to an elevation of around 5000 feet. The tail is lead on my markers which help first time hikers and tourists and is where you should head if you are looking for ...Read more
  14. Rillito River Park

    4.5 (15 Votes)
    Rillito River Park

    Park, River, Walking Area

    The Rillito River Park runs along the Rillito River and is a favorite place for cyclists, horse-riders, joggers and tourists. The whole park has a number of walking paths and an exercise station. There are enough places to sit in the shades and cool off and more than enough roadways to go bicycling or even horse-riding (if you happen to own a horse!) Restrooms and drinking water stations are av...Read more
  15. Pima Canyon

    Canyon, Picnic Spot

    The Pima Canyon is loved for ease of access and can be visited almost all year round. The pathway to the Pima Dam is easy and you will see enough signs to help you out. The Pima Spring and Pima Saddle are both preferred by serious hikers and you will need a topographical map and compass to find your route. No matter where you decide to stop, the whole canyon offers an inspiring view of Tucson a...Read more