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Pima Canyon, Tucson
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Pima Canyon is a major canyon located in the Santa Catalina Mountains, north of Catalina Foothills and Tucson, Arizona, USA. Pusch Ridge forms the northwestern cliffs of Pima Canyon, dramatically rising from Pima Creek on the canyon floor. Pima Canyon varies greatly in elevation, from 2900ft above sea level at Pima Creek to 6350ft at Pima Saddle. Mount Kimball is the highest peak in the vicinity of the canyon.GeographyThe source of Pima Creek is located below the Pima Saddle, which is at an elevation of 6350ft. The distance from the Pima Canyon Trailhead to the Pima Saddle is about 5mi. The creek flows intermittently throughout the year, usually after substantial rain or snow melt in the Santa Catalina Mountains.Pima Canyon, which is called a desert riparian habitat, has good opportunities for birdwatching. Many desert creatures can be seen, the larger of which are jackrabbits, javelina, and desert bighorn sheep. Because of its proximity to the Tucson metropolitan area, Pima Canyon is described as "overused", especially during the mild local winters. Many varieties of desert plants can be seen along the trail including the ocotillo, prickly pear, palo verde, mesquite, and the ubiquitous saguaro.
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  • Pima canyon is a great place to hike and get some nice views of the city. It will be challenging if you go far enough in. You can always stop and turn around if it gets to be too much. First few miles...  more »
  • Excellent for a quiet hike on non-paved trails. Wonderful view of the west side of Tucson. Some nice waterfalls reward you for your hiking. 
  • nice hike with ups and downs but not too many steep places; trail on the rockier side; lots of shade once you are into the canyon (30-45 minutes from trailhead)