Wonderlands of natural beauty and adventure await in the mountains and deserts around Tucson - but so do potential dangers.
Part of the area to be developed includes the Rocking K Ranch. This picture shows the ranch area in February 2008 in the Rincon Valley area on the far-east side of town, on East Old Spanish Trail
After nearly a quarter-century of planning and controversy, the huge Rocking K development next to Saguaro National Park East should be ready to start construction within two years, the project's chief says.
The latest of several bills to expand Saguaro National Park has a new ally who supporters say should increase its chances of passage - the Tucson area's most prominent and politically potent developer.
A Saguaro National Park East volunteer was fired from his job as a mounted trail patrol for contacting the news media about vandals painting graffiti on saguaros and boulders along one of the park's scenic trails earlier this week.
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In Saguaro National Park East, this portion of the Garwood Trail looks more like a ditch than a pathway. Park officials are tackling the most severely rutted trails, repairing and rerouting them.
Horses' hooves, storm runoff and natural erosion have cut trenches up to 2 feet deep in some trails at Saguaro National Park East.
A saguaro and boulder along the Desert Spring Trail in Saguaro National Park East show evidence of the vandalism, which occurred sometime Saturday night or early Sunday, hikers say.
Sunday morning hikers were despondent to see saguaros and boulders in Saguaro National Park East had been vandalized over the weekend.
Saguaros in the Tucson area are producing flowers, which customarily would bloom more heavily in May and June.
In Sabino Canyon, this saguaro was already beckoning flying critters to its lush flowers.
The first brilliant white blooms of saguaro cacti - the state flower of Arizona - are bursting out in Sabino Canyon and other sites around Tucson.
America celebrates its heritage this week as we honor our national parks.
The prickly pear cactus is known for its bright yellow flowers, and they're just starting to bloom in the deserts around Tucson. Saguaro National Park and the lower Catalina Mountains are good places to see them.
The hedgehog cactus puts out a pink-purple floral display.
It could be shaping up as a banner year for cactus blooms.
Saguaro National Park West will host the fourth annual Civilian Conservation Corps Recognition Day on Saturday at the park west of Tucson.
A springtime walk on the Pima Canyon Trail can be a bonanza of beauty - and also a bit of a bummer.