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  • Iris Dewhirst Pima Canyon Trailhead

    photo of trailhead1598 E. Magee Road
    Tucson, AZ 85718
    LON: -110.94833863000
    LAT: 32.35329875000

    This 45-vehicle lot located at the east end of Magee Road provides access to the Pima Canyon Trail in the Coronado National Forest, one of the most popular and scenic in southern Arizona. The lot and first 1,700 feet of the trail are owned by Pima County. Open dawn to dusk. Dogs not permitted on trails.

    Iris Dewhirst Pima Canyon Trailhead Guidelines

    Outdoor Activities

    • Hiking
    • Trail running
    trailhead map


    Who was Iris Dewhirst?

    Iris Dewhirst (1927-1995) served on the Pima County Board of Supervisors from 1984 to 1988 representing District 1. She is best known for helping to pass dozens of development-related ordinances that sought to protect Pima County's natural resources. In one term as a county supervisor she helped pass 35 planning proposals and played a role in protecting and preserving desert environs by supporting buffer zones, helping create Tortolita Mountain Park, securing land trades to protect Catalina State Park and developing a regional trails system.

    Dewhirst, was born in Wamego, Kansas, and moved to Tucson in the late 1950s. She received several awards, including Outstanding Citizen of Tucson (1974) for work on recycling, YWCA Women on the Move (1982), and a YWCA lifetime achievement award (1994). She was also a member of Friends of the Tucson Public Library Board, the Mental Health Resources Board, the Tucson Arts Council, and Traveler’s Aid.