Chiricahua & The Sonoran Desert
March 10 - 15, 2019
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, van shuttles, leaders, trail maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from Tucson prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Tuscon International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
The Tucson, Arizona area is a favorite playground of ours in the early spring months. With mild temperatures, fabulous food and a wealth of hiking trails in the four mountain ranges that ring the city, there is plenty to see to keep our attention for a week. We explore Saguaro National Park and Chiricahua National Monument, Santa Rita Mountains the Santa Catalinas in this SouthWestern adventure.
For the start of our trip on Day 1 we will hike Cochise Stronghold (4 miles). On Day 2, we’ll visit Chiricahua National Monument. Set aside by Congress in 1924, Chiricahua is the site of a massive volcanic eruption 27 million years ago that formed a thick layer of volcanic ash and pumice that has since eroded into many remarkable and varied rock formations. During our visit to Chiricahua, we will hike a patchwork of park trails commonly known as the Heart of Rocks Loop that passes many of these formations such as Balanced Rock, Rhyolite Canyon, and Echo Park (10 miles).
The Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson are our destination on Day 3, specifically the Kent and Bog Springs loop. This hike passes a series of springs that create an unusually lush riparian area with large numbers of birds and wildlife and large Arizona sycamore and walnut trees. Day 4, we will hike Wasson Peak and on Day 5we will hike Tanque Verde Ridge.
We’ll head back to the Santa Catalinas the morning of Day 6, where we will hike the Blackett Ridge East Trail, a vista-packed traverse of the ridge between Sabino and Bear Canyons (7 miles). We’ll stop for lunch then make our way back to the Tucson airport and the close of our Chiricahua and The Sonoran Desert Hiking Tour.
|Day 1||Assemble in Tucson. Shuttle to Chiricahua area. Cochise Stronghold||4|
|Day 2||Chiricahua National Monument||9|
|Day 3||Kent/Bog Springs||6|
|Day 4||Wasson Peak||9|
|Day 5||Tanque Verde Ridge||14|
|Day 6||Blackett Ridge East Trail||5|
Total Distance: 47 miles
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