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Tucson Mountain Park

8451 West McCain Loop, Tucson, AZ 85735
(520) 724-9999
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Ranked #13 of 176 attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A great place to explore when the weather is nice. Miles of trails to explore. Keep an eye out for reptiles, because they are all over. Great place to take photos when the wildflowers and cactus are in bloom. Make sure to give the bicycle riders some room on the narrow roads through the park.

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Tucson, Arizona
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124 reviews 124 reviews
57 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

You must have water, a hat, sunglasses and good hiking shoes. the trail is flat but very rocky. Take a camera for the sites along the way. chipmunks, wonderful Saquaro that you can touch. Jumping Chola got into my leg. Some people mountain bike it but be careful.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Tucson Mountain Park is spectacular from the road because of the dramatic terrain and the huge number of cacti, but because it's a public park without any gates or fees, it also has quite a lot of graffiti, broken glass, and other signs of misuse. It's worth a visit, particularly if you're on your way to or from the Desert... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Lots of easy to follow trails within the park. Best to hike early in the day as it's less crowded and cool!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed a three mile loop up the King Canyon Trail and back through the dry gulch. In the gulch you can see ancient petroglyphs just below the old dam on the high rock walls. This is also a good walk for viewing the Sagauro cactus and some birds. The people at the camp ground provided a good map and... More

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Poulsbo, Washington
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151 reviews 151 reviews
24 attraction reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

it was a little tricky to find, but go to the first pull out on the right before the campground. Look for a small sign near the ground toward the end of the pull out and that's where the trail begins. You can do a small loop that doesn't climb if you take the other route at the T near... More

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Cadillac, Michigan
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118 reviews 118 reviews
30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We did not have time to try the hiking trails, but the drive through was great. The views were so beautiful. There are huge numbers of saguaro. The road is good, although winding. Great time.

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Edwardsville, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is my first time in the desert and I was interested in seeing the different cacti in and around Tucson. You have to drive through Tucson Mountain Park on the way to Saguaro National Park West - the drive is twisty and almost like a rollercoaster! Tons of Saguaro, prickly pear, etc.

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Beautiful and easy to access. Boy, they're not kidding about the saguaro cacti, are they? Those things are huge, awesome, and everywhere in this park. Quite spectacular to a Chicagoan like me. I had trouble finding hiking trails, though. After driving through the whole park (I think), I eventually found spot with some parking and a sign that marked a... More

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Denver, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

This is a great park! Lots of good terrain and trails. The only complaint might be that it is nearly impossible to find a map (go to the campground office) and the trails are not well marked. Beyond that, lace up your boots and take a hike or hop on your mountain bike and go for a ride!

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