Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, Tucson, AZ

After a trip to Sportsman’s Warehouse, where Jim bought a new pair of hiking boots, he had to to try them out. SInce we were already in town, we drove to the east side of Tucson to Sabino Canyon, a very popular recreation area in the Coronado National Forest in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. We were amazed at the number of people there on a weekday. There is a $5 entrance fee which was waived with our National Parks Pass.
The road through the canyon is off limits to vehicles, so you can walk the road, take a shuttle for a fee, or hike the numerous trails.  We decided to hike the Bear Canyon trail towards Seven Falls, a hike of about 4 miles from the visitor center. It was a good trail with some ups and downs and a very gradual climb through the canyon.
Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon Trail 2011
We even had to cross a stream multiple times, so Jim got to test out the claim that his new boots were really waterproof.
It was a nice change to hike through a canyon in the desert with flowing water and high rock walls.
Found this rock at one of the stream crossings.
Jim’s recovery is going well and he didn’t want to to push it, so we turned around with probably another mile to go before the waterfalls. Maybe next time!
The past couple mornings this Gila Woodpecker has been coming to get a drink at our hummingbird feeder. I finally got some good pictures today.


  1. Wow, what great pix of the woodpecker! Really enjoy seeing birds close up, you don't always get to see the beauty of them.

  2. Glad to hear Jim is doing well. Beautiful pics of your hike.

  3. I've been away for a while with no internet access, so I'm finally getting caught up. Terrific shots on this and the previous posts. I can't believe the woodpecker can actually get a drink out of the hummingbird feeder!