Tucson Mountain Park Interpretive Programs

Online registration

The system will allow you to register for tours, bird walks, nature hikes and other activities.

Tucson Mountain Park
Ironwood Picnic Area
1548 South Kinney Road

The entrance to Ironwood Picnic Area is 3.9 miles north of Ajo Way or 1.5 miles south of Gates Pass Road. Signs along the Ironwood Picnic Area drive will direct you to the meeting place for each event listed below.

Tucson Mountain Park Programs

Online registration for Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Activities is required unless otherwise noted. You may purchase an annual Tours and Outdoor Activities Membership Pass for significant savings on activity registration fees. Click on the Register Now button. For more information call (520) 724-5375 or e-mail Environmental Education


Stargazing Tucson Mountain Park
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association volunteers provide an introduction to the night sky and set up telescopes for celestial viewing. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. All ages welcome. Weather permitting. Free. Registration not required. Ironwood Picnic Area, 1500 S. Kinney Road at Hal Gras Road, 85735
Saturday, December 28 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Birding Tucson Mountain Park
Join us for a guided walk through ironwood-saguaro habitat looking for Sonoran Desert resident birds. Loaner binoculars available. All ages welcome. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Ironwood Picnic Area, 1500 S. Kinney Road at Hal Gras Road, 85735
Tuesday, December 31 • 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Cascabel Trail Nature Walk
During a 1½ mile, naturalist guided hike on level trails we may not see cascabels (Spanish for rattlesnakes) but will see stands of majestic saguaros, impressive fishhook barrel cacti, and a diversity of other Sonoran Desert vegetation. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Tucson Mountain Park, 3858 W. Irvington Road, 85714
Friday, January 3 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 4 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Hike Brown Mountain Trail
Enjoy the scenic and rugged beauty of the Tucson Mountains on this 2-mile guided hike with a Pima County naturalist. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Tucson Mountain Park, Brown Mountain Trailhead 8451 W. McCain Loop Road, 85735
Tuesday, January 7 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 1 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Sonoran Desert Weedwackers
Join the Sonoran Desert Weedwackers to eradicate buffelgrass and fountain grass in Tucson Mountain Park. Work requires hiking and digging buffelgrass on steep slopes. Meeting locations change frequently. Email eeducation@pima.gov for meeting location. Ages 18 and up. Free.
Saturday, January 18 • 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 15 • 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Arrastre Wash Nature Walk
Enjoy a naturalist guided tour of a desert wash in the Tucson Mountains and learn about the natural history and geology of the area. Ages 12 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Tucson Mountain Park, Kinney Road, directions to meeting location with registration.
Tuesday, January 21 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 22 • 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Cascabel Trail Hike for Beginners
New to hiking in the desert? Explore majestic stands of saguaros in Tucson Mountain Park with this 1 ½ to 2-mile, beginner-level guided hike on level trails. When you register, you’ll receive a quick guide for how to prepare and what to bring. You do not need fancy gear – just sturdy closed-toe shoes, water, and comfortable clothing. Ages 10 and up. Free with Membership, Non-Member $5 fee. Online registration required. Tucson Mountain Park, 3858 W. Irvington Road, 85714
Saturday, January 25 • 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Stargazing Tucson Mountain Park
Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association volunteers provide an introduction to the night sky and set up telescopes for celestial viewing. Feel free to bring your lawn chair. All ages welcome. Weather permitting. Free. Registration not required. Tucson Mountain Park, Ironwood Picnic Area, 1500 S. Kinney Road at Hal Gras Road, 85735
Saturday, January 25 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 • 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Tucson, AZ 85741

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