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Of all the natural attractions in and around Tucson, Sabino Canyon is certainly the most popular. This large chasm in the Santa Catalina Mountains is where ancient Hohokam people built irrigation dams while mammoths roamed the ground. Access is free, but there is a charge for parking. Highlights are swimming (conditions allowing) in clear pools after a six-mile (ten kilometer) hike to Seven Falls and summer evening shuttle rides (paid for by pre-paid reservations). Sabino tram and bear shuttles rides are available.
If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, be sure to check out Spanish Trail Outfitters. The company offers off-road rides and hikes into scenic Sabino Canyon and Bear Canyon as well as other outdoor events such as horseback rides, target shooting and cookouts at Redington Pass, between the Catalina and Rincon mountain ranges. The staff also organizes cattle drives near Colossal Cave in the Rincon Mountains.
Dotted with cacti plants, Mesquite trees and Palo Verde trees as far as the eye can see, the Tucson Mountain Park is a natural wonder that offers enchanting views from various vantage points. The rugged terrain of this beautiful park is ideal for hiking adventures, horseback riding and mountain biking. Those who wish to be passive admirers can drink in the beauty of the desert from the Gate Pass overlook. A part of the park's road winds its way to the Desert Museum, where native wildlife roam about in their habitat.