If you enjoy hiking, you’ll love Tucson! Since the city is surrounded by five mountain ranges and bordered by two halves of a national park, there are seemingly endless opportunities to get out and experience nature. We’ll hit the best hiking trails and explore greater Tucson’s attractions and sites, while staying in a clean and comfortable hotel each evening on this 4-day Tucson Hiking Adventure.
January 8 – Day One: Tumamoc Hill and Welcome Dinner.
Arrive Tucson International Airport for our ground transportation to the hotel. Check-in. We’ll get warmed up for our hiking weekend on a great urban hike around sunset up Tumamoc Hill, an ecological preserve on a butte and home of the University of Arizona Desert Laboratory. We’ll be rewarded by incredible views of Tucson from the top. Afterwards. welcome dinner in town. Out and Back / 3 miles / 800 ft. elevation gain. Overnight in Downtown Clifton Hotel. (D)
January 9 – Day
Two: Hike Wasson Peak via Sendero Esperanza and Hugh Norris Trail
After breakfast we’ll head over to Saguaro National Park. The Saguaro is the nation’s largest cacti and is the universal symbol of the American West. Today’s hike will feature classic Sonoran Desert flora and fauna, and equal opportunity to see owl clover and Mexican gold poppies, and spectacular 360-degree views from the summit of Wasson Peak.
Afterwards, we’ll take time to explore the Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum close by. Out and Back 7 miles / 1,650 ft. elevation gain. Overnight in Downtown Clifton Hotel. (B,D)
January 10 – Day Three: Hike Bear Canyon to Seven Falls in Sabino Canyon Recreation Area.
After breakfast we will search for an oasis in the middle of the desert in the Coronado National Forest. The trail winds up to some of the most beautiful landscape Tucson has to offer including saguaros, sycamore, and cottonwood trees and teddy bear cactus, buckhorn cholla, and barrel cactus. We’ll eventually reach a surreal set of waterfalls that cascade into large pools. Feel free to swim or wade into them. Out and Back / 5-7 miles / 1,000 ft. elevation gain.
After the hike, we’ll visit Tucson’s legendary landmark of art and architecture The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum. This vast facility, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has six permanent collections of DeGrazia paintings displaying colorful cultures of the Sonoran Desert, along with ceramics and sculptures. Overnight in Downtown Clifton Hotel. (B, D)
January 11 – Day Four: Mission San Xavier del Back – Tombstone or Mt. Lemmon
After breakfast we’ll visit Mission San Xavier del Bac. Known as the “white dove of the desert”, it was finished in 1797 and is a National Historic Landmark. The Mission is a premier example of Mexican Baroque architecture and is one of the most recognized icons in Arizona. We’ll ramble on an easy quarter mile path up and around the Mission called Grotto Hill, affording an overview of the grounds and big vistas of the Mountain ranges near Tucson.
Weather permitting; we will take a scenic drive up the beautiful Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway (9,000 ft summit) loop which offers visitors the equivalent of driving from the deserts of Mexico to the forests of Canada.
We’ll transfer to Tucson International Airport for our flights back home (B)
Cost: $1,000 per person double occupancy
$250 single supplement
Payment: Due Now
Flexible Cancel Policy: 100% refund up until December 30, 2020. 75% refund from December 31, 2020 to January 7, 2021. 50% refund once the trip starts on January 8, 2021.
- three nights double occupancy accommodations (single supplement available)
- all transportation during the trip, starting and ending at Tucson International Airport
- all breakfasts and dinners
- entrance to museums and shows
- All park entrance fees and parking fees
- flights to and from Tucson International Airport
- alcoholic beverages
- travel insurance
- itinerary / hikes subject to change
- please wear cloth face covering inside ground transportation vehicle
- group size limited to 6 people for health and safety
- Extra alcohol wipes for high touch surface areas and sanitizer available
- packing list to follow