This beautiful canyon in the Catalina Mountains is about a 30 min drive (depending on traffic) from downtown Tucson. There is plenty of parking, and you can walk on a paved road or hike the many trails in the park. I do a lot of trail running and enjoy running the trails in this park. Note that they are rocky & surrounded by cactus! There is a creek that runs through the center of the canyon, and depending on the time of year, it can be full and fast or it can be somewhat shallow and stagnant. There are always pools to be found where you can take a refreshing dip, and it is surrounded by trees so it is a rare opportunity to find shade and coolness in the desert. It is one of the most beautiful, memorable places to visit in Tucson! And if you're not up for the hike, there is a tram that takes visitors up & down the road (a round trip of maybe 8 miles) where you can site see all the beautiful desert plants and animals, and you can get off and walk at any point. I believe there's a fee, which you can find online.
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