The Majestic Tucson Mountains
Tucson Mountains Are One Of The 5 Mountain Ranges Surrounding Tucson AZ
The Tucson Mountains are not high compared to the Santa Catalina Mountains. They rise to only 4,687 feet.
The Tucson Mountains are the remains of a more than 15-mile-long collapsed volcano. For the Geologist that is a volcanic caldera.
The eruption occurred some 70 million years ago. And the force was greater then the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980.
The rock layers of the Tucson Mountain reveal a pre-historic landscape. It included a large oyster-rich freshwater lake near what today is Wasson Peak.
Dinosaurs roamed around the lake. And camels trod the mudflats. While mastodons fed on the grass around the lake.
Southern Arizona Mountain Ranges
The volcanic cycle that created the Tucson Mountains created other mountain ranges in southern Arizona. In Tucson, the Silver Bell Mountains, Sierrita Mountains and Santa Rita Mountains.
The Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona to shape. And the Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction, AZ. Along with other notable Arizona ranges.
A notable spot in the area is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This world renown museum is on the west side of the Tucson Mountains. Two other parks in the Tucson Mountains are the Saguaro National and Tucson Mountain County Parks.
Step Back In Time
A great place to visit is Old Tucson Studios. Once an important location for western movies. John Wayne is among the many stars to have made movies there.
Old Tucson Studios are open the year around. This “step back” in time also provides visitors many one time experiences. Stunt shows, gunfights, and musical reviews. Movies are still filmed there.
Tucson Mountain Parks
The Tucson Mountain Park, established in 1929, is over 20,000 acres. It is one of the largest natural areas owned and managed by a local government. The park has about 62 miles of shared-use trails. The area is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. But motorized vehicles are NOT permitted.
The Tucson Mountains offer a range of Tucson hiking trails from flat and easy to very rugged.
Saguaro National Park, founded in 1933, was later designated a national park in 1994. The Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park rises from 2,180 ft to 4,687 ft. It contains 2 biotic communities. One desert scrub and the other desert grassland.
The average rainfall is just over 10 in per year. Common wildlife includes quail, coyote and desert tortoise.
The Tucson Mountains are a majestic backdrop on the west side of Tucson, AZ. Homeowners living in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains have stunning views of the City and eastern ranges.
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