One of our favorite hiking spots in the Tucson area, nearby Sabino Canyon feels a world apart. Backpacker Magazine called Sabino Canyon one of the best hikes ever! A few words from the Sabino Canyon Tours website:

Experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a Sabino Canyon tram ride. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

During the winter and summer rainy seasons, pools of water form in rocky outcroppings that wind up among hillsides resplendent with palo verde trees, cholla and prickly pear cactus and graceful groves of ocotillo.

Sabino Canyon is only five miles away—a ten minute drive from your Tucson foothills vacation condo. Ask at the information center which pools are filled and how to find some of the less frequented ones. You may end up, as we have, discovering your new favorite place on the planet.