One of the reasons Tucson is such a popular city for resorts and getaways is that it’s a famous mountain retreat. Tucson is known for its “sky islands”, and a tour of the Tucson mountains likely includes these areas where the elevation creates a starkly different ecological climate compared to the terrain immediately surrounding the “island”. An example of this is Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Mountains. As one traverses up the mountainside the saguaros turn to pine trees, and the climate becomes distinctly more chilled.
Aside from the famous sky island climate of the Santa Catalinas, Tucson contains many other scenic and mysterious desert mountains that attract nature enthusiasts from around the world. On the east side, for instance, is the Rincon Mountains. These are part of the famous Coronado National Forest and are also accessible from Saguaro National Park East. The most well-known feature of these mountains is Colossal Cave, which is a must-see part of any tour of the Tucson mountains.
Next, don’t forget about the Tucson Mountains on the west-side. These are the mountains that encompass the Saguaro National Park West, and in years past many real-life gunslingers used to call their ranches under these jagged mountains their homes. In later years the mountains became the backdrop of many Hollywood depictions of these pioneers, and are well-recognized in many 1940s and 1950s movies. Today, Old Tucson Studios is still rented for movie productions in this area.
Next, back on the Northwest side of Tucson, you can’t overlook the Tortolita mountains. These sharp hills dot the horizon around Oro Valley and Marana, and they feature some interesting trails, including Honeybee Canyon, where one of the region’s only perennial streams is located. These mountains are lower elevation and get pretty hot, so bring plenty of water.
If you’re looking to book a tour of the Tucson mountains, look no further than Uno Transportation. Our Tucson town car service includes experienced native Tucsonan staff that can help take you between various exciting hikes around the city. In addition, we’re always happy to share our knowledge of local scenic spots and hiking opportunities. If you’re coming in from out of town, you can easily book our Tucson airport shuttle service from our website, and we can work with you throughout your week in Tucson to experience everything the region has to offer. We’ll talk to you soon!