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Best trails in Tumamoc Desert Laboratory

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Explore the most popular trails in Tumamoc Desert Laboratory with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Tumamoc Hill is an 860-acre ecological reserve near Tucson, Arizona. It belongs to the University of Arizona College of Science and Pima County. It is a place dedicated to preserving ecology, history, and commmunity of the Sonoran Desert and arid environments. 4am to 10pm. You are required to stay on the paved road and within the overlook areas noted by perimeter cables, there are no exceptions to this. Do not bring pets on to the preserve

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Map of trails in Tumamoc Desert Laboratory
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860 acres
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#1 - Tumamoc Hill
Tumamoc Desert Laboratory
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
Great hike up a well-paved hill with perfect city views. Since this hike is on university property, it is one of the only hikes in the Tucson Mountain Range that permits night hiking. This makes it the perfect hike for sunrise/sunset watching. Tumamoc Hill is a research station that has been studied since 1906. Travel is permitted all the way to the top but on pavement only. Open 4am-10pm No dogs permitted Stay on paved paths Although some stroller and wheelchair users may be able to navigate this trail as it is paved and wide (typically at least five feet), the grade is between 8% and 20% for most of the trail so it may be too steep with too many switchbacks for most equipment users.Show more