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A trip to Tucson Mountain Park is probably the quickest way to familiarize yourself with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. It boasts a variety of hiking trails fit for all fitness levels and it also holds The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson, two of Tucson's must-see attractions. Longer moderate-to-difficult trails like Brown Mountain and King Canyon reward you with sweeping vistas and glimpses at the unique desert flora and fauna. And if you're just looking for a quick stroll through nature, there are numerous parking pullouts along Gates Pass Road that provide easy access points for shorter hikes. This area is directly adjacent to Saguaro National Park's West district, so for National Parks pass holders or those looking learn more about the giant Saguaro cacti (the park's namesake) and and some of the unique history of the region, just continue on the road to where the borders of these two beautiful parks intersect.
Tucson Mountain Park does not require an entry fee. Those intending to do longer hikes should bring a map, sunscreen and plenty of water - at least one gallon per person per day.