I just took a beautiful hike in Sabino Canyon with my brother. We took the nature trail and then took the Esperero Trail which winds up through Rattlesnake Canyon for a hike of about three miles. Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson, Arizona’s most beautiful areas to see in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, and one doesn’t have to be a hiker to see parts of it. There is a tram which can take you on a narrated 45 minute tour all the way to the end. You can get on or off at 9 different stops going up or back in order to hike or seek out a quiet place to enjoy the peace and quiet. On the website above, you can read about the different trails from easy to challenging.
It is also a favorite spot for artists to paint. Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast, located just 20 minutes south of the Canyon, has at least one original painting of the canyon by a New Hampshire artist.