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Tumamoc Hill, Tucson

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Tumamoc Hill is a butte located immediately west of "A" Mountain and downtown Tucson, Arizona. It is home to many radio, television, and public safety transmitters. The University of Arizona (UA) owns a 340acre preserve and leases another 509acre as a research and education facility. The Steward Observatory maintains a small astronomical observatory with a 20in telescope on the hill. Besides being a prominent landmark, Tumamoc Hill has a long and varied history, and is currently an important site for ecological and anthropological research as well as a refuge and an opportunity for the people of Tucson.Official Designations and Management National Environmental Study Site Arizona State Scientific and Natural Educational Area National Historic Landmark National Register of Historic PlacesHuman historyTumamoc, which is an O'odham word for "regal horned lizard", was a home to the ancient Hohokam people. It is the site of the earliest known trincheras village, consisting of 160 foundations of round stone structures, as well as large stone perimeter walls. Over 460 petroglyphs and a prehistoric garden beside the hill provide further evidence of Tumamoc’s importance to these mysterious people. Even after these ancient inhabitants moved away about 1,300 years ago, the site continued to provide resources to the Tohono O'odham, Akimel O'odham, and the Hopi. It has also been reported to be a burial site for the Apache and the O'odham.
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  • The trail was paved all the way. Not a vision of a typical mountain hike, but it was nice not to have to dodge rocks and boulders. Well used by locals and tourists, but not overly crowded.  more »
  • Go at your own pace. There are people with many levels of physical fitness. Take some water. Enjoy the view at the top and feel good about your accomplishment.  more »
  • I come here often in the very early mornings. Running up this hill (run up to halfway, do some exercises, run to top, back to half, more exercises, back up, etc) is quite a workout. The view of Tucson...  more »