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…

Quick Photo Tour of Downtown Tucson at Dusk

Quick Photo Tour of Downtown Tucson at Dusk

I got out with the camera yesterday before the sun went completely down. I started out at 4th Avenue and 4th Street and ended up down at the Tucson Museum of Art. I had to hurry, and didn’t grab a ton of pictures, because the sun sets rather quickly this time of year. Hope you enjoy the pics!

Neighborhoods: Dunbar/Spring

Neighborhoods: Dunbar/Spring

One of the success stories of Tucson, the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood has a rich history and offers many amenities, not the least of which is incredible access to downtown, the University and the Interstate. Named after Paul Lawrence Dunbar and John Spring, it was the city’s first African-American neighborhood and today it continues that heritage as one of the most diverse, important and vital parts of Tucson. Whereas it had fallen into some disrepair and ill repute in the 80’s and 90’s, the neighborhood has bounced back nicely on the strength of…

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…

West Tucson – An Overview

West Tucson – An Overview

West Tucson is a diverse area ranging from dense urban neighborhoods to resort communities and established suburban communities nestled in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. It features ready access to Downtown Tucson and the freeway yet in some parts it can feel quite remote and fully removed from hustle and bustle of the city.   Attractions West Tucson is home to many of Tucson’s favorite destinations including Sentinel Peak (“A Mountain”), Tumamoc Hill, Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park (including Gates Pass). It is also home to the…

Neighborhoods – Samos

Neighborhoods – Samos

The Samos neighborhood is a small, but essential slice of central Tucson, located just about a mile or so North of the University of Arizona campus and offering up great housing as well as some interesting choices for food, drink, shopping and more! So what’s there? It’s a bit deceiving when you see the stretch of Campbell which necessarily serves as the neighborhood hub, since it looks like a nasty collection of aging strip malls. But look a little closer and you’ll see that for this little stretch (technically between Glenn…