The opportunities to get outdoors are endless in Tucson. Set in the Sonoran Desert Valley and surrounded by five mountain ranges, the city offers outdoor entertainment of all kinds.
Tucson is a haven for hikers. Multiple trails offer trips through the surrounding mountain ranges, the nearby Sonoran desert or through the city itself. Experienced hikers will appreciate the Finger Rock Trail or the Ventana Canyon Trail, both challenging hikes that wind through the Catalina Mountains. Those looking for something a little more leisurely will enjoy the Rincon Mountains' Cactus Forest Trail or Douglas Spring Trail. If an urban setting is more your style, try the Rillito River Park Trail, which takes hikers through the city, or the Santa Cruz River Park Trail, set along Santa Cruz Riverbed and includes a portion of the Anza National Historic Trail.
Guests can explore their wild side with a little rock climbing. Tucson offers plenty of places to climb, for both experienced climbers and first-timers. For a little practice, guests can try out Rocks and Ropes, Tucson's only indoor climbing gym where they can learn safety tips and practice before heading on an outdoor climbing trip with one of the gym's certified instructors. Experienced climbers can try their hand at Mt. Lemmon, just a short drive from Tucson and riddled with over 1,200 climbing routes. For regular adventure, residents can join the Buena Vista Climbing Club of Tucson, which organizes weekly expeditions for climbers.
Fun for the whole family is easily found in Tucson as well. Spend a day at Reid Park Zoo and explore the hundreds of animals that roam its 17 acres. Also in the city is the garden park called Valley of the Moon, a two acre park that holds winding paths through enchanted gardens, stone fairy houses, secret grottos. Visitors and residents can also take in an Arizona Cardinals game, the city's NFL team. If baseball's more your style, try catch some of the action when the Tucson Toros take the field.
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