Spring/Summer Hiking Guide: Tucson, AZ

If you are like me, when you vacation you are looking for a unique experience. I am not the type to lay on the beach for a week straight without exploring the place I am in. I love adventure and travel especially when it blends being physical and nature — whether it is yoga outside, climbing a mountain or kayaking a river. That's why in the spring I head to Tucson, Arizona. It's the perfect time to visit because the snow birds have left and the temperatures aren't into three digits yet.  Often overshadowed by the Phoenix area, this gem of a city has loads of outdoor activities. The perfect activity to get out in nature here is to start with a hike in the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains. Here are a few great spring hikes to explore in Tucson:

Seven Falls Trail

 

Intensity: Moderate

Distance: 7.8 miles

Hiking Time: 3-4 Hours

How to Get There: Hike starts at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, 5700 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Catalina Foothills, AZ. Grab a map at the Visitors Center and head out on Bear Canyon Trail #29 to Seven Falls.

When to Go: All year round, but I love it in the Spring due to perfect morning hike temperatures.

Insider Tip: Don't forget to take a plunge in the falls, the lower pool is deeper and is a great way to cool off before you head back.

Romero Pools

Intensity: Moderate

Distance: 5.6 miles

Hiking Time: 2.5 Hours

How to Get There: From Tucson, drive 18 miles north on the Oracle Road (US 89) to Catalina State Park. The Romero trailhead is location within the park, just follow the signs.  

When to Go: When flowers are in bloom in the spring, avoid the summer due to high temperatures.

Insider Tip: When you hit the pools, take time to swim, view the wildflowers and have a picnic lunch. There are some boulders to jump off of into the water as well. Drink lots of water!

Happy Hiking!

Erin Betz

A native of Washington State, Erin has been an avid athlete, dancer, outdoor enthusiast and traveler her entire life.  Erin takes a holistic approach to wellness and believes in nourishing the mind, body and spirit through physical activity, proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle.

Erin is a certified Power Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Instructor and has trained across the country and internationally over the past 16 years exploring various forms of yoga. Erin also teaches Beyondbarre, bringing her passion for dance to students through powerful, challenging and enthusiastic classes.  Erin weaves her experiences from across the globe into all of her teachings, leaving you with a deeper sense of purpose, balance and community.  The driving force behind Erin becoming an instructor was to help empower others to find their optimal health and well-being. 

Erin teaches yoga and Beyondbarre at Tonic in Maumee, OH.  Erin is also a CPA with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado- Boulder and a Masters in Taxation from the University of Washington. When not teaching, you can find Erin traveling, on the golf course, kayaking, hiking or skiing.