Recreation options you'll find at various sites around Arizona: hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, bird-watching, camping, picnicking and exploring ancient ruins. • Recreation options you'll find at Catalina State Park: all of the above. • You get the point. • The park - nestled in t…
Broadway in midtown Tucson is all about bright lights and big city - but you will find something very different near the street's eastern dead end: tranquil trails. • A maze of more than a dozen interconnected paths begins at a trailhead off Broadway just west of Camino del Codorniz. • Hiker…
It can be your penance for a Thanksgiving pigout. It can be a clever way to get holiday visitors out of the house for a few hours. It can be a wondrous on-foot entree into the beauty of this place where we live. There's so much to like about taking a hike.
Jasmine the pack donkey paused along the Mint Spring Trail to munch sweet summer grass and snatch a brief break in the bargain.
Spring sunshine has seared the last snow from the heights of the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson - ushering in the season of green. It's a perfect time for a trek in lush woodlands a vertical mile above the city.
Midspring is a perfect time for those betwixt and between hikes - in terrain that's somewhere above the sweat-sucking desert and below the chilly mountain heights.
Trek into the Tortolitas northwest of Tucson - far beyond the fairways and featherless birdies - and you'll discover a trove of scenic wonders in the rough. An extensive network of trails will take you into the heart of the range.
Tucson hikers get a megadose of saguaros and a surfeit of
sunshine - so it can be an exotic thrill to rise above the desert
and trek in a cloud-veiled forest cloaked in snow. No need to
travel far in a quest for flakes.
Slicing sharply into the steep Front Range of the Catalina
Mountains north of Tucson, they bristle in their lower elevations
with the spiny beauty of saguaro cacti set against a backdrop of
sheer rock walls.
Short. Steep. Stupendous. That's a nutshell sum-up of the
Blackett's Ridge Trail in Sabino Canyon northeast of Tucson.
Summer: It's over. Extreme heat: outta here. Hiking conditions:
just about perfect. Autumn in the Tucson area can be near nirvana
for trail trekkers - with almost all of our desert, canyon and
mountain terrain free from climatic extremes.
Think of it as Summer Sabino. Upper Sabino Canyon, high in the
Catalina Mountains, is a cool, forested, wildflowered world away
from the popular desert reaches of the canyon northeast of
Avid hikers - desperate to escape the hot heart of the desert
summer - often flee Tucson on pricey, time-consuming trekking trips
to cool Colorado or evergreen Oregon.
Our prehistoric ancestors did it every single night. No, not that. We're talking about camping - bedding down on the ground, under the stars or in a cave. Maybe it's a genetic memory of those ancient days before the coddling comforts of civilization, or perhaps it's just a need to reconnect …
The name of the place is a play on words. The atmosphere plays to the senses. The menu plays up the many pleasures of a protein-packed food: beef. But stop in for lunch or dinner at this downtown restaurant - A Steak in the Neighborhood - and you'll find that the kitchen staff is all about f…
Go to Nimbus Bistro and Brewery with a hankering for a big burger and hopped-up beer - and you're bound to get your happy fill of both. Nimbus, which opened last September at 6464 E. Tanque Verde Road, is a brew pub at heart. But give the place a closer look and you'll find more than suds an…
Brothers Vincenzo, Franco and Giuseppe Ali prepare food at their
Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano as if the very reputation of their
family is at stake - and it shows in nearly every bite. •
Specialities at the restaurant are picture perfect on the plate and
pure, authentic Italy on the pala…
We will tell you, in due course, about dinner at Amici
Ristorante Italiano. But first, we must take you directly to lunch
— and wax rhapsodic about a frittata.
Brett Smith is an inventor.
Up at 4:30 a.m. Coffee. Black. Big mug. Pull on ratty canvas
shorts, polypropylene top, light boots. Stuff the right stuff into
favorite old rucksack.
You could take a hike in an average canyon — or trek across the
incomparable Grand Canyon from rim to rim.
Our name is Caliente. It means hot. Hot doesn't scare us. We
embrace hot. That's why we went to Phoenix — the very heart of hot
— in a week of record-breaking temperatures. We climbed blistering
Camelback Mountain with sunburned Phoenicians, dropped by Tempe
Town Lake for some midday fishing…
Here's what many desert dwellers like about the Sycamore
Reservoir Trail: its liquid assets.The 1.8-mile trek to the
reservoir site leads to a small dam, where spring runoff from the
heights of the Catalina Mountains plunges fetchingly into a shallow
pool. The reservoir itself ranges from no…
PICACHO PEAK — This blade of stone, stabbing at the sky along
Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix, all but cries out to
Someday you might wake up and say to yourself: I feel like
walking across the entire state of Arizona!
Call it seasonal synchronicity. It's the pleasing practice of
choosing outdoor destinations to fit particular seasons. You know
the drill: Head for a pine-shaded trail high in the mountains for a
summer hike. Find a balmy expanse of desert for a winter spin on
the bike. Migrate with the cale…
We're not here to tell you it's a sin to stuff yourself silly at
Elizabeth Jackson — with muscles flexed and mind focused —
pinches a tiny handhold high on a wall at the Rocks and Ropes
The classic desert terrain of the King Canyon Trail in Saguaro
National Park West is perfect for a winter hike.
You've heard that bit about "the journey is more important than