The Stone House on the Yetman Trail
Tucson Mountain Park, Park Web site
Pack up your picnic basket and park at the trailhead at the end of Camino de Oeste south of Speedway Boulevard. Wander up the canyon to the Stone House, a roofless romantic ruin built by Sherry Bowen, a long-ago city editor at the Arizona Daily Star, and his wife, Ruby, who homesteaded 2,000 acres here in the 1930s. Sit on the broad sills of the windows, gaze out at the desert and listen to the birds drift off to sleep, or if it's chilly, pack firewood and cozy up around one of the two fireplaces. Remember to be back at the parking lot and out by 10 p.m., though, or the rangers will give you a ticket.