Beautiful Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson’s most popular hiking areas. It offers magnificent views of the Catalina Mountain Range and is located in the Coronado National Forest. There is a small fee of $8.00 per car. A National Parks Pass gets you in for free. www.sabinocanyon.org

The Visitors Center provides a detailed map, listing about 21 hikes of various lengths and difficulty. There are also two shuttles available, for a small fee of $6.00 per person, for those who prefer not to hike. One shuttle heads about 4 miles into Sabino Canyon with several stops along the way. Riders can hop on and off the shuttle at will. Another shuttle explores Bear Canyon for about two miles. We enjoyed the Sabino Canyon shuttle when we took it about two years ago.

Today we hiked the Esperero Trail to the Rattlesnake Trail to the Bluff Trail to the Sabino Lake Trail, altogether about 3.7 miles. It was a beautiful and peaceful hike that took us along the Sabino Canyon Creek to the Sabino Canyon Dam. There were plenty of picnic tables and clean rest stations along the way.

The Esperero and Rattlesnake Trails are special because they follow the boundary of the wilderness area that surrounds Sabino Canyon Recreational Area. In fact, the Esperero Trail continues on for miles into the Catalina Mountains and Coronado National Forest. Both trails are very peaceful and scenic with gorgeous mountain views.

The Bluff Trail and Sabino Dam Trail followed the Sabino Canyon Creek all the way to a beautiful waterfall. Large granite boulders, worn smooth by the flowing waters, reminded us of New England.

Our next adventures will include the Phoneline Trail and the Seven Falls Trail which many people have told us are stunning.

Fabulous Fox Tucson Theatre

Looking for a fabulous venue to see a concert or attend a film festival? We highly recommend the Fox Tucson Theatre, foxtucson.com, located at 17 W. Congress Street, downtown Tucson. The acoustics are excellent. The Art Deco interior is magnificent. You can even rent it for special events.

The Fox Theatre is an important piece of Tucson history. According to its website, the Fox opened in 1930 as a vaudeville theatre and cinema. When it closed in 1974, it fell into a terrible state of disrepair and sat empty for 25 years.

It was purchased in 1999 by the non-profit Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation. Six years and $14 million later, the theatre was restored and once again reigns as a beautiful jewel in Tucson’s crown.

I had the honor of playing my violin there recently in the orchestra pit and I can think of no better place for a musician to play. It is truly a lovely and inspired venue.