in Southern Arizona can be a wonderful experience if you are
prepared for our unique environment. Please read the American
Hiking Society’s ten essentials that you should have on every
hike and their recommendations for what your first aid kit
should contain. It is vital that hikers here have adequate
protection from the sun, including sun screen, sunglasses, and a
hat, and carry sufficient water, typically between two and four
liters depending on conditions. For those unfortunate, but
perhaps inevitable close encounters it is useful to have a comb
to brush off those “jumping” cholla.
If you encounter a Gila Monster, do not aggravate it.
Gila Monsters are known for their unwillingness to
release once they bite you.
It has been reported that one can spray their eyes with
rubbing alcohol. However;
rather than carrying a small spray bottle along, best to leave
these critters alone!
Town of Marana, Pima County and Cottonwood
Properties have developed over 25 miles of hiking
trails in the Tortolita Mountains. Parking for the
Wild Burro Canyon trailhead is located at the
Ritz-Carlton and is open to the public. This
expanding network of trails offers a variety of
hikes of different difficulties over changing
terrain. Our group hikes not only these local
trails, but also many others within a reasonable
drive from Dove Mountain, including those in the
Catalina, Tucson, Rincon and Santa Rita mountains.
We also occasionally do trail maintenance hikes,
naturalist outings and trips outside the area to