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One of my favorite places to hike in town is also one loved by many Tucsonians. It’s a busy location, but not so busy as to deter us from hiking it over and over and over again. And it’s always at the top of the list for showing out-of-town friends and family. Usually that involves riding the tram through the 8-mile road but when another local gal pal and I last visited Sabino Canyon, we decided to hike the whole length of the tram road.

Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com

Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Even though Sabino Canyon is a popular destination, there are plenty of side trails relatively few people explore. This is one of the many side trails we explored.

Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com

Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
The high temperatures came to Arizona early this year so we took another side trail near tram stop 8. It leads to a refreshing waterfall where we dipped our feet to cool off.

Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com

Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
wildflowers, Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Getting closer to the end of the tram road.

Wildflowers, Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com

Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Views at the last tram stop. Where the road ends, but other trails begin.

Deer, Desert views hiking the Sabino Canyon Tram Road in Tucson, Arizona - www.americanexpeditioners.com
Can you spot the deer?

Sabino Canyon Tram Road Overview

  • Address: 5900 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85750
  • Fees: $5/vehicle; Tram Fees: $10/adults, $5/child (12 & under)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Usage: Heavy
  • Length: 7.6 Miles Round Trip
  • Things to note:
    1. Shade is minimal so bring plenty of water & wear a hat during the late spring/summer months.
    2. Payment for a tram ticket is cash only.
    3. No fishing or butterfly nets allowed.
  • Tips:
    1. Hike into the canyon in the early morning while it’s cool then take the tram back when it is hotter in the day. Tram ticket purchases can only be made with cash. You can either purchase at the tram ticketing booth or pay the tram driver at your pickup stop. Be sure to hold onto your ticket because they are very strict about ticketing.
    2. Flushing bathrooms are available along the paved tram road.
  • Pets allowed: No.
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