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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 people. For long after that time, 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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  • This is where the locals go to sweat while walking. It is short and steep with great views at the top. The beauty is that no cars or bikes, or dogs are allowed so you are alone with other walkers, jog...  more »
  • Tumamoc Hill was a terrific find right near downtown Tucson. Best part is...it’s free! The Hill is just under an 800 foot assent in about a mile and a half, so it’s challenging as a walk, jolk, jog, o...  more »
  • This was a great thing to do: not at all a wilderness hike, but definitely worth doing to see the huge cross-section of people in Tucson that come out to do it. Fantastic interpretative signs along th...  more »
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  • It's a short, steep uphill walk. The views are phenomenal. Ample spots to step to the side and catch your breath, or take a photo. There are dessert critters, but it would be unlikely to see them at midday. You should expect other walkers as Tumamoc is in Tucson proper.
  • Amazing experience. Folks old and young are huffing and puffing up this steep approach to a mountain top in Tucson. OK, I live inTexas, so I guess the rest of the world would call this a Hill. Nonetheless, you can ascend and descend at your own pace. Some are walking, some are briskly walking, some running, some just wishing they could be somewhere else! Great view at the top. In summer, someone could make a fortune selling cold bottled water for, say, $50 a bottle... The decent is not the panacea you are thinking about on the uphill climb. For many, it looked worse than the ascent. Fun for the whole family. The young kids show you how the body used to work.
  • If you want to burn a bunch of calories in a hurry, the 750 foot climb to gate at the top of the hill is a really good workout. The view is worth the effort. 😉
  • At times it's a vigorous hike, but definitely worth it. Can be busy on mornings and late afternoon / early evening. Best when it's not clogged with people. Great views in all directions. Bring plenty of water!
  • Get at it head first. It's a consistent uphill climb. Great views!
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