Best Of Tucson®

Best Backpacking Trail

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road

With a rec center at the trailhead, plenty of trail options and fantastic views throughout, Sabino Canyon can feel more like a recreational theme park than a mere hiking trail. Descending into the canyon's lush walls remains a mainstay for the Tucson outdoorsman. And finding one of the trail's hidden gullies with flowing water is still one of the greatest joys of the Sonoran Desert.

Runners up:

2. Mount Lemmon

3. Romero Pools