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“Hard to find the hiking trails”

Tucson Mountain Park
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Carnival of Illusion in Tucson
Ranked #17 of 309 things to do in Tucson
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Owner description: A 20,000-acre desert natural preserve that accommodates many outdoor activities.
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 trail head. But it wasn't at all clear where the actual trail was. I wasn't about to wander off into the desert, because it would be pretty easy to get lost when all the cacti look the same.

Thank AntRoberts
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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!

Thank Dan G
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We were actually heading out to the Desert Museum (A must-see as well) and just had to pull over. It was pretty fantastic here with the cactus forests and awesome mountains. I came out a second time with some running shoes and just ran through the desert. Love this place.

2  Thank Ken S
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Reviewed January 24, 2014 via mobile

Small open park with great sunset views! Trails are very nice. I suggest coming in the afternoon for some hiking and then stop to enjoy the spectacular sunsets. You won't be disappointed.

2  Thank Chiefly1
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

Go to Gates Pass to watch the sunset- Kitt Peak is clearly visible to the west. Quiet, lovely park- you can be anywhere within it and be unable to see any trace of people in any direction- right on the edge of Tucson with a million people!

3  Thank Iso T
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