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Pima Canyon, Tucson

Categories: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 50 reviews on the web
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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  • The Pima Canyon Trail begins in a neighborhood at the Iris O Dewhirst Trailhead. The beginning is a little rocky, but fairly flat and easy. The views are really pretty. The end is pretty overgrown and...  read more »
  • A standard wonderful Tucson hike, some altitude gain and not much water (always bring some, or a lot in the heat). Not wheelchair accessible nor for those with balance, endurance or orthopedic problem...  read more »
  • Great easy to follow trail with some good views and wonderful scenic adventure. Love this trail for a good workout. Hot in the summer though at the low levels. Some nice historical sites halfway up. E...  read more »
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