Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona and is about 120 miles south of Phoenix. Located in Arizona’s Sonoran desert, Tucson is surrounded by multiple mountain ranges, including the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tortolita Mountains, Santa Rita Mountains, and Mount Lemmon. Among the tourist highlights of the area is Saugaro National Park, which is divided into eastern and western sections. This is our guide to running in Tucson, Arizona.
Right downtown, there is some decent running around the large University of Arizona campus and downtown streets. Just north of Tuscon, the Rillito River Park Path runs for 10 miles. The real highlights of the Tucson running scene, however, are in the mountains nearby. This area is trail running heaven. Saugaro National Park, which is divided into eastern and western sections, has some wonderful trail running, with terrain for all abilities. For more modest trail running and an opportunity to enjoy the area’s mountain views and desert scenery, we recommend Sabino Canyon and the trails in the Starr Pass area. Runners should be aware of the openness of the terrain and exposure to heat and sun. Plan and hydrate accordingly!
Famously known as home to the University of Arizona, Tucson offers several great restaurants, vintage shops, and nightclubs right around the campus area. The university campus, downtown, and the convention center are all within a two mile radius. Moreover, the restored mansions of El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of Barrio Historico, reflect Tucson’s nineteenth-century beginnings. Major suburbs of Tucson include Oro Valley and Marana, which are located in the Northwestern part of the city. Major communities south of the city are Sahuarita and South Tucson.