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10 Fun Ideas for Staying Active in Tucson

No one needs to tell you that staying active leads to a healthy life. From enjoying fresh air to getting that Vitamin D-rich sunlight, getting outside is mentally grounding and physically invigorating. Nowhere is more outside-worthy than beautiful Arizona, either. If you’re looking for activities near Tucson, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 of our favorites!

1. Hiking

The ultimate in active outdoor activities, hiking is the perfect way to experience novel surroundings right at home. Nature is beautiful and ever-changing, and Tucson has tons of trails from which to pick.

2. Biking

Tucson’s “The Loop” is a big draw to the city. It is a beautiful trail perfect for biking (as well as walking). Connecting Marana, Oro Valley, and South Tucson, you can get all sorts of places in one easy system.

3. Cactus Forest Scenic Loop Drive

With its imposing silhouette and iconic arms, the saguaro cactus is a major draw to the American Southwest. Enjoy many a saguaro view when you take this 8-mile road – cars and bicycles alike.

4. Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo

Sure, this family-friendly destination offers the usual cows, chickens, and goats, but you’ll also get to experience a wider variety. Think capybaras, tortoises, porcupines, and even emus!

5. Birdwatching

You don’t have to go far in Arizona to find birder heaven. Birdwatching is as simple as grabbing your guidebook, choosing a trail, and hiking. Make sure you only venture into the brush in marked areas so as not to disturb restoration. And watch for ticks!

6. Camping

If you love being in the outdoors, camping is a must. Ever-popular options include Catalina State Park and Rose Canyon.

7. Stargazing

Arizona’s relatively low population makes stargazing super accessible. It’s why so many observatories are built here. Head out of the city for 20-30 minutes to find clear skies – or do it on your camping trip!

8. Reid Park Zoo

Children and adults alike love the peace and majesty of a good zoo. This one is famed for its wide-open elephant and giraffe exhibits, with rhinos being a fan favorite as well.

9. Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

The highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Mt. Lemmon reaches an impressive 9,159 feet. It is gorgeous for hiking and camping. If you’re more of a road tripper, you can’t beat a drive along the scenic byway.

10. Spanish Trail Outfitters

Are you looking for an Old West experience? Trust these horse handlers to take you on an outdoor trip of a lifetime across some of Arizona’s most spectacular scenery. Trail rides are an hour or two and perfect for all experience levels.

If you want easy access to the great outdoors and the bustling Tucson metropolis, you can’t do better than Coyote Creek. Our 1,000-acre makes getting fresh air a breeze, all within an easy driving distance to every activity listed above. It’s time to grab life by the horns and prioritize staying active, so don’t wait!