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
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.
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!