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National Parks & Outdoor Activities in Tucson

All it takes is a look at the backdrop while you’re playing a round on our Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, al fresco dining on the patio of Azul or Contigo, or luxuriating in the Red Door Salon & Spa, to know that Westin La Paloma’s Sonoran Desert backyard comes ripe with outdoor-adventuring possibilities.

Indeed, the combination of refined luxury here at the resort—not to mention the cosmopolitan delights of Tucson just a stone’s throw away—and genuine wilderness beauty is one of the foremost pleasures of a getaway (business, pleasure, or both) with us. Here are some of the standout outdoor destinations in our near radius at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa!

Saguaro National Park

We’re lucky to call one of the most beautiful and unique national parks in the country our backyard. We offer convenient access to both the Rincon Mountain District and the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, giving you the opportunity to explore towering forests of saguaro cactus, centuries-old Hohokam petroglyphs, craggy mountain peaks, and potential glimpses of everything from roadrunners and jackrabbits to coyotes, elf owls, and golden eagles.

Coronado National Forest

The Coronado National Forest encompasses nearly two million acres in several discount units spread across southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Our Santa Catalina Ranger District includes such fabulous destinations as 7,260-foot Mount Kimball and 9,171-foot Mount Lemmon (the crown of the Santa Catalinas, which form our backdrop here at Westin La Paloma) as well as the extremely popular—and extremely lovely—Sabino Canyon National Recreation Area.

Tucson Mountain Park

The 20,000-odd acres of Tucson Mountain Park, managed by Pima County, make another recreational paradise in the hinterland of Arizona’s second-largest city. A bit more than 60 miles of shared-use trails invite your exploration, whether laced up in hiking boots or pedaling a mountain bike.

Las Cienegas National Conservation Area & Cienega Creek Natural Preserve

The perennial Cienega Creek constitutes one of the most ecologically intact riparian areas in southern Arizona, supporting such now-rare ecosystems as cottonwood-willow gallery forests and mesquite bosques as well as critical populations of endangered fish such as the Gila topminnow and Gila chub. The Bureau of Land Management administers the upper reaches in the Las Cienegas Natural Conservation Area, while part of the lower reach falls within Pima County’s Cienega Creek Natural Preserve, which includes a segment of the Arizona Trail. Anyone with a nature bent will thrill at the chance to visit such a precious stream corridor here in the transition zone between the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. 

Outdoor Adventures From Westin La Paloma

From botanical gardens to the trails of the famous Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, there are plenty of other awesome outdoor destinations in and around Tucson. Come experience this magical corner of the country with a luxurious getaway at the Westin La Paloma!