Posts Tagged ‘Sabino Canyon’

Morning Walks in Sabino Canyon

February 27th, 2010 by tucsonbb

Guest Post by Lori Woodward Simons

One of the delights of my life is the month I spend as artist in residence at Hacienda Del Desierto B&B in Tucson each February.  During my stay, I take daily walks in either Saguaro National Park East; the entrance to the park is only three miles from the Hacienda, or else I take a half hour drive to Sabino Canyon for a pleasant morning or afternoon walk.

Outer Sabino Canyon near the Visitors’ Center with the Santa Catalina Mountains in the far ground.

One doesn’t have to trek far into the desert to take photos like the one above — the pavement is just steps away from this scene.

Walking trail from the Visitors’ Center towards the Canyon proper

This trail begins just behind the visitors’ center and runs parallel to the road (where the trams travel). The first hill with a cliff at the top, in this view, is called the Acropolis. The trails ends roughly at the base of the Acropolis, where it joins up with the road that leads into the canyon. The canyon itself offers spectacular views, marked at the base by a year-round stream — punctuated by a dozen or so stone bridges that were built during the Great Depression.

The vegetation along the stream is characterized by what is called the Riparian Zone, where giant sycamores cottonwoods, and willows grow along the well-watered banks of the stream. Just above that zone, the Sonoran Zone begins, where giant saguaros stand tall along the steep hillsides. The entire canyon is crowned with vertical cliffs – dominated by Thimble Peak at the Top of the Canyon.

The third Bridge into the Canyon.  After a winter rain, the stream flows over the tops of the bridges. One can easily wade across. However, the water is iced cold. This photograph was taking during the winter, so the trees are still bare. Thimble Peak is seen at the top of this photo behind the sycamore tree.

Sabino Canyon is at the base of the Catalina Mountains, about a half hour’s drive from the B&B. If you have a park pass for Saguaro National Park, that pass will also get you free parking at Sabino.

Sabino Sentinel 7×10 Watercolor. Private Collection.

Tucson’s Sabino Canyon Offers Dream Hikes

December 22nd, 2009 by tucsonbb

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.

Outdoor Recreation Surrounds our Tucson Arizona Inn

October 26th, 2009 by tucsonbb

T’is the season when the rains start to fall in the Northwest and the snows start to fall in the Midwest. Yes, that’s when people start to wonder why they don’t spend more time in lovely places like Tucson Arizona, and they book a week or so at our Tuscon Arizona Inn. Some folks so deeply in love with this area that they end up moving here. Others just vow to return again, year after year. And they do.

Why? Because it is lovely here in the southwest in the winter, particularly in the Tucson area. True, nights can be cold, and it sometimes snows; but days are often sunny and just the right degree of warm.

Because the weather is so fine, it draws folks out of doors during the winter months. November is a great time to take long hikes in nearby Saguaro National Park or Sabino Canyon. Either spot offers miles of hiking trails, spectacular views, and clean air.

Tucson Botanical Gardens is always a good spot to visit while staying at our Tucson Arizona lodging, especially if you want to indulge in the beauty of southern Arizona wilderness without delving too deeply into that wilderness. There is always something interesting happening at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, such as the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit, through November 30, 2010.

So don’t feel sad when the rains set in or the icy cold arrives with a blast. Fight back by heading south for a while, to this Tucson Arizona Inn.