Sabino Canyon on the Coronado National Forest
The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and unique plants and animals found in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area draw over a million visitors a year. The canyon is managed by the USDA Forest Service who work in partnership with several non-profits like the Friends of Sabino Canyon to protect, preserve, and enhance the canyon’s outdoor recreation opportunities.
Redington Pass on the Coronado National Forest
Redington Pass, located just East of Tucson, splits the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains. Th Pass offers eye-catching views of Saguaro National Monument, Tanque Verde Canyon, and the sprawling city below. The pass is managed by the USDA Forest Service who work with several very active non-profits like the Friends of Redington Pass.
Saguaro National Park East
Saguaro National Park East is located directly adjacent to the Tanque Verde Ranch. The Park, known for its iconic Saguaro cacti, provides a variety of hiking and horseback riding trails to the residents of Tucson and tourists alike. The Park is also home to the Desert Research Learning Center, which supports scientific and educational projects related to a network of Sonoran Desert parks.
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Not discovered until the mid-1970s, Kartchner Caverns State Park serves as a unique example of overcoming the challenges of land acquisition, political differences, legal hurdles, and management uncertainties to establish a new park unit. The park has only been open to the public since 1990; it offers amazing geologic features including a 21-foot stalactite and a 58-foot column.