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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 a recreational option 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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  • September 6, 2017
    For a quick but challenging hike, Tumamoc can't be beat. The uphill trail is short but strenuous. Wear good shoes, bring a bottle of water, and get your heart pumping. It's only accessible during cert...  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    Tumamoc Hill is where the word ecology was coined, we are told. Studies have gone on there longer than at any other field site in the world. Impressive. However, locals view it mainly as a place to ge...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Tumamoc Hill (or as we say "B Mtn", as in just behind "A Mtn") is a great hike, interesting terrain and you run the risk of seeing javelina, deer, lizards, quail and the occasional rattlesnake. Please...  more »
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  • January 10, 2017
    This hill rocks! Talk about steep... I get a great workout walking it. Great views and people walking it are pleasant.
  • January 25, 2017
    It's longer than I thought but would be gorgeous for sunrise or sunset!
  • December 10, 2016
    Fun hike, short but steep. Views going up and at the top are incredible .
  • November 15, 2016
    If you're in Tucson and into a great cardio workout then this is the place. But not in summer.
  • January 17, 2017
    So peaceful I love it up there!

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