Exhibits and videos introduce the majestic saguaro cactus and other life of the surrounding Sonoran Desert. Staff answer your questions and hand out brochures. The bookstore has a fine selection of natural history and regional books and maps. Naturalists offer talks and walks daily from October to April. The paved 100-yard Cactus Garden trail beside the visitor center identifies Sonoran Desert plants. Desert Discovery Trail interprets ecology, plants, and wildlife on a half-mile paved loop; the trailhead is on the left, one mile northwest of the visitor center.

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Expert Review of Red Hills Visitor Center

Active and Adventure Review of Red Hills Visitor Center

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking,Road Biking,Walking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • A free map available at the visitor center and the website shows the many other trails and their trailheads in the Tucson Mountain District.
  • Saguaro cactus like it hot and cannot endure extended periods of freezing weather. Creamy white blossoms appear in May and the fruit of tiny black seeds surrounded by a red shell mature in mid-summer.
  • Cyclists enjoy the roads in the park's Tucson Mountain District and adjacent Tucson Mountain Park.

Tucson Mountain District
2700 North Kinney Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85743
Parking: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price: $10/vehicle, $5 on foot or bicycle; receipt is valid for 7 days

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 520-733-5158
Fax: 520-733-5183
Neighborhood: Tucson
Price Information: $10/vehicle, $5 on foot or bicycle; receipt is valid for 7 days
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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