Trails and roads in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson are open during the government shutdown — and visitors to the heights will find cool autumn air and trees showing off in the golden hues of the season.
Summer officially expires on Sunday — but Tucson is still sweltering with highs at or near 100 degrees even as the first faint signs of fall color appear in the Catalina Mountains north of the city.
This year’s monsoon has been less than a wet-and-wild wonder, and forecasters say it might be on the verge of fizzling out altogether.
The 3.7-mile loop created by the Aspen and Marshall Gulch trails in the Catalina Mountains is one of the best, most classic summer hikes near Tucson.
New Mexico locust were blooming June 10 along the loop formed by the Aspen and Marshall Gulch trails.
Hiker Gary Pivo takes time out from his hike to relax on the "bark-alounger."
Cool mountain air. Aspen groves. Cool mountain air. Winsome wildflowers. Cool mountain air. Tranquil pools of water.
Hard to believe that 10 years has passed since the Aspen Fire tore through Summerhaven and the Santa Catalina Mountains. The fire burned 84,750 acres and destroyed 335 structures in and around Summerhaven.
Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses will be under the big tent, performing in Summerhaven on Saturday.
The Music on the Mountain festival is back after a hiatus last summer.
As the Aspen Fire barrels up Marshall Gulch and through Summerhaven, a home on Phoenix Avenue falls to the flames – one of more than 300 structures destroyed. Losing them frustrated firefighters who were trained to save buildings but forced by flames to fall back.
Bob Foster hands his wife, the Rev. Jo Foster, a tea kettle from the kitchen area of their home on Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven.
A scorched motorcycle sits along Ajo Avenue in Summerhaven.
A burned car and the rubble of buildings show the fire's destructiveness along Summerhaven's main drag, where so many Tucsonans once enjoyed the mountain ambience.
The lush forest and the vibrant village of Summerhaven were largely reduced to ashes and smoldering rubble.
Dani Hayhurst holds a picture of the interior of one of her cabins before it was destroyed by the Aspen Fire. Dani and Pat Hayhurst lost two cabins, and rebuilding, for them, is a tribute to the past.
There is something quite wondrous about breaking a fresh trail - in science, in art and even in a medium as simple, and yet sublime, as new-fallen snow.
Walking through Summerhaven on a busy day can get dicey at times, given the road traffic and little or no space for pedestrians, which explains why Pima County plans to build a sidewalk through the mountain town next year.
Perhaps you don't recall strolling along the sidewalks of Summerhaven.
And a broader, tastier menu than their predecessor.