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Tucson Mountain Park
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Carnival of Illusion in Tucson
Ranked #14 of 315 things to do in Tucson
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Owner description: A 20,000-acre desert natural preserve that accommodates many outdoor activities.
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Is a great place to literally be up close and personal with the desert. Provides wonderful desert views. Campsites offer some privacy and clean restrooms (however no soap..what's up with that??). No showers. Well kept campground and a great location for easy access to attractions and hiking.
Top of our list...Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Great for all ages. Really like a desert zoo. Very user friendly facility ...even sunscreen dispensers in restroom.
Stayed at GR max allowed...1 wk. Would do it again.

Thank Imteacher
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Lots of hike options in the cactus forest. Take a map, water, and lunch. Many loops are possible. Climb Wasson Peak (it gets a bit crowded on a nice day). Access from any direction from the various roads, there are many trails to choose from.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Great campground...road system and trails and includes Old Tucson Studio and Senoran Desert Museum...next to Saguaro NP

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Tucson Mountain Park affords several options for hiking with various trail types, lengths, and heights. A matter of minutes on a trail will yield wonderful sights of the preserved desert landscape and Tucson itself. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes as some of the trail may be rough, pack water, and be conscious of your surroundings as scorpions and snakes are a common occurrence.

Thank McPhisto76
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Tucson Mountain Park is a jewel. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the essence of the Sonoran Desert and have parking and facilitys nearby. Sonoran Desert is mid elevation geographically. Figure 2500 to 3500 feet ASL. In this range desert tempratures allow the highly specialized flora we identify with our desert. Saguaros, barrel cactus, Palo Verde trees, iron wood trees, these make the local desert rich and beautiful and unique. All this and a range of small yet well defined mountains crossed by sharply defined washes make the Park a worth while stop for all visitors.
There are County maintained picnic spots, a paved road, Old Tucson nearby, The Desert Museum and beautiful scenry. This is a thumbnail of Southern Arizona at its best. Come to spend a few hours, especially if you plan to hike. Hiking is simple - stay on the trail and avoid the steep rocky areas. If it looks steeper than the stairs at grandmas house better leave it alone.
There are crawly things occasionally but most visitors go away with a feeling of satisfaction at having seen one of Arizona's denizen citizens. If it buzzes, leave it alone.
For the adventurous. try Wasson Peak trail, google for particulars. Not in the summer months! Day hiking shoes are a recommended. Always have plenty of water. A quart canteen is not enough. There are other simpler trails, all beautiful. A drive through on pavement is simplest and recommended.

Thank Jim B
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