Area Status: Open
Welcome to the Santa Catalina Mountains, one of the premier natural areas in southeastern Arizona. The elevation ranges from 2,724 ft. in Sabino Canyon to 9,157 ft. at the top of Mt. Lemmon. The lowland desert as well as the high pine forest is managed for many multi-use purposes; hiking, biking, rock climbing, skiing, camping, education and research are among some of the activities.
Outstanding scenery abound, featuring steep rock cliffs and foothills coverd with unique desert vegetation adjacent to riparian corridors.
A perfect springtime walk in Sabino Canyon, along the Phoneline Trail with it's bright Brittlebrush plants high up on the hillside overlooking the slowly ascending 3.7 miles paved road thru Sabino Canyon.
As the desert blooms in the springtime, in the lowland portion of Sabino Canyon, the Barrel Cactus blooms a variety of colors. This one has bursts of red blooms that makes a beautiful sight as well as a tasty treat for the wildlife.