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Tucson Mountain Park

8451 West McCain Loop, Tucson, AZ 85735
(520) 724-9999
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Ranked #15 of 178 attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Forests
Activities: Driving, Hiking
Description: A 20,000-acre desert natural preserve that accommodates many outdoor activities.
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Tucson, AZ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I have never driven through Gates pass with a visitor who did not gasp at the view of the pass, either on the way toward the Desert Museum, or on the return. Still one of the greatest places there is to view the specatcular Tucson sunsets.

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Tucson, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Beautiful sites and a "real western" experience. Take water. Wear closed toe shoes. Trails are many but signs are few. Don't be afraid to pull over to let faster cars go by.

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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We live next to Tucson Mountian park and we see all sorts of wildlife, And there are some great trails for Hiking, Mountian Bikes and Horses. The one problem is the county dose not have a good map.

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

These trails are fairly easy in comparison to most Tucson trails. Great way to experience the Sonoran desert. We've seen coyotes, jack rabbits, deer, cardinals, lizards, and this last time a tiger rattle snake. As always, take water, snack, first aid kit, walking sticks (for those with bad knees), hat and sensible shoes. The trails WERE well marked but unfortunately... More

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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

A great area to get some hiking and nature watching in. There are several trails that can take you clear across to Gate's Pass. The wildlife is so diverse and plentiful in this area. I have seen mule deer, javalina, lynx, gila monsters, and lots of coyote and bunnies.

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Comox, Canada
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100 reviews 100 reviews
43 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We drove here via the Gates Pass… which is a truly spectacular road with some awesome views. What a awesome desert campground. We like to relax in the desert and soak up the sun. You can also hike up Brown Mountain for a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. Hiking up the King Canyon – a dried watershed… you... More

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Lawrence, Kansas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Growing up in NY and living in Kansas visiting Arizona for the first time was one big mountain. Visiting my cousin in Tucson and going up the mountain was spectacular It was interesting to learn from my cousin what to expect with regards to vegetation growing on the desert mountain. At the base there are lots of cactus – they... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Tucson Mt. Park is a wonderful and scenic park located on both ends of Tucson. I enjoyed the beauty of the desert and the majestic saguaro cacti. In particular, I recommend the drive through the western park from St. Mary's Rd. Terrific views and amazing desert forest.

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Lake Mary, Florida
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We went early in the am while the air was still a bit cool. The views and the cactus were really pretty! The cactus blooms were amazing to see! The trails are easy to follow and hike on. Make sure you wear your sunscreen and have water and your camera! My friend and I enjoyed this hike a lot!

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West Tisbury, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This review encompasses both Tucson Mt Park and Saguaro National Park (west); they are adjacent. We spent a delightful afternoon sightseeing in the parks, with a stop at the NPS visitor center to see the exhibits there. In April, when we visited, many cacti, including the extraordinary saguaro, are in bloom. We stopped repeatedly at road pulloffs to take pictures... More

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