Sabino Canyon Recreation Area & Tucson

Every time I pass through Tucson, Arizona, I appreciate the city more and more. It is a true Mecca for outdoor sports enthusiasts. The climate is fantastic and the trails are spectacular. I had a little time before my flight home on Friday morning, so I was able to steal away for a little trail run.

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I started at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area and took a series of trails to Cathedral Rock and back. It was a 15 mile round trip in a about three hours and 30 minutes. The weather was perfect. It was actually a little cool when I started, but the sun was warm. My original plan was to run in the eastern sector of Saguaro National Park, where I’ve never been, but I took the advice of a friend and tried Sabino instead.

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It was a great choice. Once I got off the access road and away from the morning walkers, I was on my own. I saw a few people on my way back down, but I had the trails to myself. I crossed through Bird Canyon and climbed more than 4,000 feet. I would have kept going, but I had a flight to catch so I turned back just before Cathedral Rock. The top was in sight, but I didn’t want to push my luck.

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This was my longest workout in a long time, so my legs were feeling it by the time I returned to the parking lot. I  didn’t realize that I had a long delay-filled trip ahead of me, so it was smart for me to get outside and move my body after last Thursday’s six-hour drive back from Guaymas.

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I’m looking forward to a future trip when Debbie joins me to run on some of Tucson’s glorious trails. There is so much more to see.

1 Response to “Sabino Canyon Recreation Area & Tucson”


  1. 1 LFFL 23 March 2014 at 9:59 pm

    That looks like fun.


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