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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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  • We planned our first walk up here on the full moon. It was wonderful!! We were worn out by the time we got to the top, but it was worth every step! 
  • Trail is paved and safe, but steep. There is no fee. Good opportunity to exercise in the fresh air and nature. Almost downtown. Closed between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM on work days. If you are a local, you...  more »
  • My sister and I always liked to do the 3 mile round trip hike when she visits from California. She is a strong hiker and we always do this walk two times to get a great 6 mile walk in before our day s...  more »