Hiking: Lorraine Lee Hidden Canyon Trail

Hiking: Lorraine Lee Hidden Canyon Trail

Looking for a fun hike, but don’t have much time and not interested in an “excursion?” Well as most of us know, hiking around Tucson can be beautiful but it is also often strenuous and time-consuming thanks to our desert terrain and steep mountainside trails. The Lorraine Lee Hidden Canyon Trail offers a nice alternative – a quick 2-mile hike engaging enough to be fun, but not terribly difficult and just outside of town for easy access. At about 2 miles total, this hike is suitable for most people, the elevation gain…

Destinations: Agua Caliente Park

Destinations: Agua Caliente Park

As a sometimes photographer in Tucson I am often asked to take outdoor portraits and of all locations available in the city one name comes up more often than any other: Agua Caliente. It is certainly a unique desert oasis, easily accessible yet remote and when the ponds are full it is easily one of the best looking parks in the Tucson area! Like so many sites in and near Tucson, the history of the park stretches back hundreds and even thousands of years. But for the sake of brevity, let’s…

Destinations: Reid Park

Destinations: Reid Park

First, let’s clear up an age-old Tucson argument – is it Reid Park or Randolph Park? It’s Reid Park. Much like “A Mountain” is actually Sentinel Peak, which just happens to have a big “A” at the top of it, what many Tucsonans call Randolph Park is actually Reid Park, though it was originally named Randolph Park and parts of the park still retain the old name. With that clarified, let’s go back to the beginning. In the early 1900’s, Epes Randolph was a railroad tycoon, banker, hotelier, miner and many…

Destinations: Catalina Highway

Destinations: Catalina Highway

In Southern Arizona, an area with no shortage of scenic drives, one 27-mile stretch of road in particular stands out among its peers. Catalina Highway, as it is popularly known, takes you from Tucson’s Northwest side along a steady, beautiful incline to the top of Mt. Lemmon where you can frolic in pine forests and will feel like you are hundreds of miles away from the Sonoran desert town you left behind you just an hour ago. Technically known as the General Hitchcock Highway or Arizona Forest Highway 39, though…