Hiking

Hiking is an ideal way to pursue fitness while enjoying the diverse natural beauty at Canyon Ranch in Tucson. Here you’ll bask in the year-round sunshine of the healing and inspiring Sonoran Desert. Led by Canyon Ranch outdoors experts, you’ll encounter fascinating desert plants and wildlife, surrounded by the spectacular Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains.
 

Please contact Outdoor Sports at Ext. 4355 for more information.
 
Group Hikes

Hikes vary in length and terrain to accommodate all levels of fitness and experience. Guide service, packs, water, a meal or snack and transportation to trailheads are provided. Bring your hiking boots (preferably broken-in), a hat, sunblock and extra layers of clothing in the fall and winter. Don’t forget your appetite for adventure – even if you have never hiked before, you’re in for a great experience. Sign up: Outdoor Sports sign-up board or Program Advising.

  • complimentary
On-Property Activities

Do you want to learn about the Sonoran Desert without leaving the Ranch? On-property bird walks and nature walks are available each week. The bird walks cover approximately two miles around the Ranch and Sabino Creek area. Binoculars and breakfast snacks are provided. Sign up at the Spa Activity Board or Program Advising. Nature walks meet in the Spa lobby and are led by a staff naturalist. See This Week at Canyon Ranch for days and times.

  • complimentary
Private Hikes: Craft Your Own Journey
What’s your ideal hike? Private hikes tailored to your own interests may be scheduled through the Hiking department. View desert critters by night, or take a mindful walk along a scenic trail. Hikes can be customized for any focus, length, level or intensity, terrain and duration you choose. 24 hours advance notice required.
 
  • fees vary
Specialty Hikes
Interested in outdoor activities with a special focus? Look for specialty programs listed on the Outdoor Activity Board in the Outdoor Sports sign-up area.
 
Geocaching – Enjoy a great hike and enhance your problem-solving skills on this high-tech treasure hunt using portable GPS units. No GPS experience necessary.
 
Nature Discovery Hike – The Sonoran Desert is an environment like no other. Join our naturalist to learn all about this unique landscape on an interpretive hike into the world of towering saguaro cacti, gregarious cactus wrens and countless desert discoveries.

Night Vision Goggle Experience – Join us on a night walk in nearby Sabino Canyon. Using night-vision goggles, we’ll look for nocturnal wildlife usually hidden in darkness.
 
Photography Hike – Celebrate the beauty of the desert and learn techniques for taking memorable nature photos on this easy, inspiring hike. You’ll have a Canon G-11 to use and will receive a CD of your images to take home.
 
Paint & Sketch the Sonoran Desert – Take a short walk at daybreak in a beautiful desert oasis. Learn new techniques as you sketch and paint at Tucson’s Agua Caliente Park. Instruction and supplies provided. No experience necessary.
 
  • $95
    $125 for Night Vision Goggle Experience