Day Hike: Pima Canyon, Tucson, Arizona.

Pima Canyon is situated in the Santa Catalina mountains in Tucson, Arizona.

The hike is 3.9 miles and rated as moderate difficulty. The hike offers great views over Tuscon, a somewhat forested section that you wouldn’t expect to find in Arizona and some great wildlife including; Javelina, birds and mountain goats.


The trail head starts in a parking lot and like most of the hikes in the area, starts of pretty flat until you reach the canyon base.


As you rise up through the canyon the terrain becomes a little more rugged but there are plenty of photo opportunities. You will come across some huge rocks  that you can scramble up and take some cheesy pictures on 😉


As you follow the path into the canyon the vegetation remains prickly but is still beautiful. AS you delve further in the vegetation becomes more varied and desert sands give way to grass and lush green bushes.



As you go further into the canyon the vegetation becomes even greener and surprising. Huge thick trees that you wouldn’t expect to find int the desert reside in parts of the canyon surrounded by lush bushes and grass.


At the top there is a small dam but its really the views that you go for. The views on the way back down of the city of Tucson are spectacular with the mountains in the distance and the vast blue sky punctuated by wispy clouds.


2 thoughts on “Day Hike: Pima Canyon, Tucson, Arizona.

  1. Thanks for this posting. I’ve had many adventures in Pima Canyon in the 1970’s, attending the University of Arizona, and in the 2000’s, reconnecting with Tucson and the University. It is possible to hike out of the canyon to Pusch Ridge and into multiple adjoining canyons. It is a wonderful place.

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