Best mountains in Tucson

Check out the top mountains in Tucson, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Mount Lemmon
1. Mount Lemmon
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105 local reviews
Mount Lemmon
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Denise
The Catalina Highway, also called the Mount Lemmon Highway, as well as the Hitchcock Highway (after Frank…
Toni
Pack a picnic and explore as you head up the mountain, we hike here a lot. The drive starts at the lowest…
Lindsay
Regarded as one of the most scenic drives in southeast Arizona, the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway takes travelers…
1. Mount Lemmon
1. Mount Lemmon
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105 local reviews
Mount Lemmon
Denise
Denise
The Catalina Highway, also called the Mount Lemmon Highway, as well as the Hitchcock Highway (after Frank Harris Hitchcock) runs up the…
Toni
Toni
Pack a picnic and explore as you head up the mountain, we hike here a lot. The drive starts at the lowest level of Chaparral and will…
Lindsay
Lindsay
Regarded as one of the most scenic drives in southeast Arizona, the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway takes travelers to the upper reaches of Mount…
2. Mount Lemmon
2. Mount Lemmon
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Mount Lemmon, Mount Lemmon
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Silvia
Mount Lemmon (O'odham: Babad Doʼag), with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 m) is the highest point in…
Frank Jude
Within an hour of downtown Tucson, you can ride up a breath-taking mountain highway through 8 bioregions till…
Emily
From the bottom of Catalina Highway to the top of Mount Lemmon, you cross seven different biomes, from desert…
2. Mount Lemmon
2. Mount Lemmon
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Mount Lemmon, Mount Lemmon
Silvia
Silvia
Mount Lemmon (O'odham: Babad Doʼag), with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792 m) is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains…
Frank Jude
Frank Jude
Within an hour of downtown Tucson, you can ride up a breath-taking mountain highway through 8 bioregions till you arrive a Ponderosa Pine…
Emily
Emily
From the bottom of Catalina Highway to the top of Mount Lemmon, you cross seven different biomes, from desert to oak grassland to mixed…
3. Sabino Canyon
3. Sabino Canyon
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100 local reviews
Sabino Canyon, Catalina Foothills
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Jon
Soaring mountains, deep canyons, and the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert found here. The…
Silvia
Sabino Canyon is a significant canyon located in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Coronado National Forest…
Denise
With soaring mountains, deep canyons, and the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert found here draw…
3. Sabino Canyon
3. Sabino Canyon
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100 local reviews
Sabino Canyon, Catalina Foothills
Jon
Jon
Soaring mountains, deep canyons, and the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert found here. The wonders of the desert foothills and…
Silvia
Silvia
Sabino Canyon is a significant canyon located in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson, Arizona,…
Denise
Denise
With soaring mountains, deep canyons, and the unique plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert found here draw over a million visitors a year…
4. Saguaro National Park
4. Saguaro National Park
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100 local reviews
Saguaro National Park
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Eddie
For the serious nature hiking enthusiast, Saguaro National Park is uniquely situated around the 500 square…
Denise
Saguaro National Park is a United States national park in Pima County in southeastern Arizona. The 92,000-acre…
Vivian
Saguaro National Park is uniquely situated around the 500 square miles that make up Tucson; which is at the…
4. Saguaro National Park
4. Saguaro National Park
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100 local reviews
Saguaro National Park
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Eddie
Eddie
For the serious nature hiking enthusiast, Saguaro National Park is uniquely situated around the 500 square miles that make up Tucson; which…
Denise
Denise
Saguaro National Park is a United States national park in Pima County in southeastern Arizona. The 92,000-acre (37,000 ha) park consists of…
Vivian
Vivian
Saguaro National Park is uniquely situated around the 500 square miles that make up Tucson; which is at the heart of the Sonoran desert. Its…
5. Catalina State Park
5. Catalina State Park
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11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 520-628-5798
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Kim And Kathy
Just minutes from Windfeather Resort, Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina…
Julie & Jim
Santa Catalina Mountains offers great picnicking and bird watching -- more than 150 species of birds call the…
Nora
THE MOUNTAINS AND HIKING AND WALKING PATHS ARE THE BEST IN THE AREA. THE BEAUTY IS PRICELESS. VERY INEXSPENSIV…
5. Catalina State Park
5. Catalina State Park
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59 local reviews
11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
Open · Closes 10:00 PM
+1 520-628-5798
Kim And Kathy
Kim And Kathy
Just minutes from Windfeather Resort, Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for…
Julie & Jim
Julie & Jim
Santa Catalina Mountains offers great picnicking and bird watching -- more than 150 species of birds call the park home. An equestrian…
Nora
Nora
THE MOUNTAINS AND HIKING AND WALKING PATHS ARE THE BEST IN THE AREA. THE BEAUTY IS PRICELESS. VERY INEXSPENSIVE ENTRY FEE. SOMETHING FOR…
6. Sentinel Peak
6. Sentinel Peak
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Sentinel Peak, Tucson
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Carrie
Sentinel Peak, more commonly known as "A" Mountain, is a prominent ridge in the Tucson Mountains west of…
Linda
Sentinel Peak is more commonly called 'A' Mountain. The reason is obvious. It makes for great picture…
Miguel
‘A’ Mountain is a local must-see. The hill, aka Sentinel Peak, rises up next to downtown Tucson and offers…
6. Sentinel Peak
6. Sentinel Peak
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26 local reviews
Sentinel Peak, Tucson
Carrie
Carrie
Sentinel Peak, more commonly known as "A" Mountain, is a prominent ridge in the Tucson Mountains west of Tucson, Arizona. Tumamoc Hill is…
Linda
Linda
Sentinel Peak is more commonly called 'A' Mountain. The reason is obvious. It makes for great picture opportunities. A nice comfortable hike…
Miguel
Miguel
‘A’ Mountain is a local must-see. The hill, aka Sentinel Peak, rises up next to downtown Tucson and offers spectacular views of the city.
7. Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and Bookstore
7. Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and Bookstore
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69 local reviews
5700 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson
Open · Closes 4:30 PM
+1 520-749-8700
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Demion
Sabino Canyon’s history is as diverse as it is fascinating. The Santa Catalina mountain range began its…
Kim And Kathy
Sabino Canyon tours offers a narrated, educational 45-minute, 3.8 mile tour into the foothills of the Santa…
Nancy
Easiest access to the heart of the Santa Catalina Mountains, with riparian areas, a frequently-flowing stream,…
7. Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and Bookstore
7. Sabino Canyon Visitor Center and Bookstore
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69 local reviews
5700 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson
Open · Closes 4:30 PM
+1 520-749-8700
Demion
Demion
Sabino Canyon’s history is as diverse as it is fascinating. The Santa Catalina mountain range began its formation over 12 million years ago,…
Kim And Kathy
Kim And Kathy
Sabino Canyon tours offers a narrated, educational 45-minute, 3.8 mile tour into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The trams…
Nancy
Nancy
Easiest access to the heart of the Santa Catalina Mountains, with riparian areas, a frequently-flowing stream, and extensive trails and…
8. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
8. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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224 local reviews
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 520-883-1380
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Lindsay
Although it's called a museum, this facility – about 15 miles west of downtown Tucson – is actually a zoo. In…
Cami
This is a must! If you enjoy nature I can promise you this would be the hi-light of your trip! "Although it's…
Kathy
Plan to spend at least half a day at the Sonora Desert Museum. There are so many desert animals to see in…
8. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
8. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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224 local reviews
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 520-883-1380
Lindsay
Lindsay
Although it's called a museum, this facility – about 15 miles west of downtown Tucson – is actually a zoo. In fact, 85 percent of what…
Cami
Cami
This is a must! If you enjoy nature I can promise you this would be the hi-light of your trip! "Although it's called a museum, this facility…
Kathy
Kathy
Plan to spend at least half a day at the Sonora Desert Museum. There are so many desert animals to see in "their natural" habitat. Our…
9. Gates Pass
9. Gates Pass
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44 local reviews
Gates Pass
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Terri
If you want to see some iconic Southern Arizona scenery, just take a short drive through Gates Pass. I never…
Rainy (Irene)
Beautiful drive through a curvy desert mountain (avoid if you're the car-sick type)... fills your eyes with…
Carol
This unique pass is on the crest of the Tucson Mountains and has STUNNING views of the area. A perfect place…
9. Gates Pass
9. Gates Pass
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Gates Pass
Terri
Terri
If you want to see some iconic Southern Arizona scenery, just take a short drive through Gates Pass. I never get bored of the beautiful…
Rainy (Irene)
Rainy (Irene)
Beautiful drive through a curvy desert mountain (avoid if you're the car-sick type)... fills your eyes with sahuaros... and offers the most…
Carol
Carol
This unique pass is on the crest of the Tucson Mountains and has STUNNING views of the area. A perfect place to propose! It's a favorite…
10. Old Tucson
10. Old Tucson
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62 local reviews
201 Kinney Rd, Tucson
Closed · Opens Saturday 10:00 AM
+1 520-883-0100
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Lucas & Luz
Experience the Old West! Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to…
Laura
Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and…
Catherine
Great place for kids of all ages who love the Old West. Movie studios and theme park in the dramatic Tucson…
10. Old Tucson
10. Old Tucson
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62 local reviews
201 Kinney Rd, Tucson
Closed · Opens Saturday 10:00 AM
+1 520-883-0100
Lucas & Luz
Lucas & Luz
Experience the Old West! Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and…
Laura
Laura
Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and close to the western portion…
Catherine
Catherine
Great place for kids of all ages who love the Old West. Movie studios and theme park in the dramatic Tucson Mountain Park in close…
11. Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain)
11. Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain)
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1000 Sentinel Peak Road South, Tucson
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 520-791-4873
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Silvia
Sentinel Peak is a 2,897 ft (883 m) peak in the Tucson Mountains southwest of downtown Tucson, Arizona. The…
Lupita
Also known as "A" Mountain, is local landmark. Fan of the University of Arizona maintain the decades-long…
Lisa
A 360 degree view of Tucson and the 5 mountain ranges surrounding the city!
11. Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain)
11. Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain)
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8 local reviews
1000 Sentinel Peak Road South, Tucson
Open · Closes 8:00 PM
+1 520-791-4873
Silvia
Silvia
Sentinel Peak is a 2,897 ft (883 m) peak in the Tucson Mountains southwest of downtown Tucson, Arizona. The valley's first inhabitants grew…
Lupita
Lupita
Also known as "A" Mountain, is local landmark. Fan of the University of Arizona maintain the decades-long tradition of painting a giant "A"…
Lisa
Lisa
A 360 degree view of Tucson and the 5 mountain ranges surrounding the city!
12. La Encantada
12. La Encantada
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61 local reviews
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Layla
Beautiful outdoor mall with great restaurants, gorgeous views of the mountains and higher-end stores.
Clayton
Upscale department stores and restaurants. Really pretty courtyard and scenery with mountain views.
Helene
Nice views of the mountains.
12. La Encantada
12. La Encantada
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61 local reviews
Layla
Layla
Beautiful outdoor mall with great restaurants, gorgeous views of the mountains and higher-end stores.
Clayton
Clayton
Upscale department stores and restaurants. Really pretty courtyard and scenery with mountain views.
Helene
Helene
Nice views of the mountains.