Pusch Ridge Wilderness

Area Status: Open

Pusch Ridge Wilderness

Pusch Ridge towers over Tucson and the surrounding desert as one of the most prominent features of the Santa Catalina Mountains. With its lower slopes dotted saguaro cactus and its upper reaches dark Douglas-fir, this unmistakable landmark makes the point that this is a land of extremes in biodiversity as well as topography. Within the 56,933-acre Wilderness, elevations range from 2,800 to 8,800 feet. Deep canyons separated by razorback ridges crease the slopes. From the floor of Sabino Canyon to the upper slopes of Mt. Lemmon, life zones vary from Sonoran desert to subalpine forest. The wildlife community that inhabits such a varied setting is diverse and finds few rivals. An extensive trail network offers opportunities for day to extended trips. While its convenient location makes Pusch Ridge Wilderness easily accessible you can still find solitude and primitive surroundings

Dogs and other pets are not allowed within the Pusch Ridge Wilderness due to a closure to protect Desert Big Horn Sheep.

The Pusch Ridge Wilderness Sheep Closure Area includes trailheads for Ventana Canyon, Finger Rock, Pima Canyon, Linda Vista, and portions of Romero, including Romero Pools, and the Sutherland Trail accessed via Catalina State Park.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring
Restrictions: Motorized and mechanized vehicles and equipment, including mountain bikes, are not permitted in Wilderness. Dogs are prohibited in the Bighorn Sheep Management Area portion of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.
Closest Towns: Pusch Ridge Wilderness is immediately north of Tucson.
Water: Water is scarce here, but country streams flow year round. Purification of water is recommended.
Operated By: Santa Catalina Ranger Districts
Information Center: Santa Catalina Ranger District 520-749-8700

General Information

Directions: Several trailheads are accessed from the north end of Tucson. The east side of Pusch Ridge Wilderness is accessible from trailheads along Catalina Highway. The west side of the Wilderness can be entered through Catalina State Park.


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  Elevation : 
2,800 feet - 8,800 feet