Ah, the Wilderness

29 Jul

One of the most unique qualities that Arizona has to offer is the outdoors. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, numerous national parks, Sedona, Mount Lemmon, and rivers and lakes to last for days. Lucky for those of us in Tucson, outdoor paradise is right in our backyard.

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There are four man-made lakes in Tucson that are stocked regularly with fish from September to June. If you are looking for some fishing, locations are not too far away. Don’t forget to get a fishing license! You can purchase them for a day or a year, and you can get licenses from Wal-Mart or you can purchase a fishing license at https://azgfdportal.az.gov/. If man-made lakes are not your thing, head to Rose Canyon at Mount Lemmon!

Rose Canyon is not all Mount Lemmon has to offer – you can also go camping! The Campus Rec offers rentals for sleeping bags, tents, canoes, lanterns, propane, and much more at https://rec.arizona.edu/outdoor-adventures/equipment! Mount Lemmon is several degrees cooler than the campus, which allows an opportunity to escape the heat while enjoying nature’s beauty. If you are not much of a camper, you can always take a day trip up to Mount Lemmon. Always remember to pack water and sunscreen as the higher elevation means that you’re closer to the sun and the air is thinner.

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Patagonia Lake in Nogales also offers fishing, camping, and boating opportunities! Patagonia is a little bit further than Mount Lemmon, however it allows you and your friends a chance to take a nice road trip! You can reserve a camping spot for Patagonia Lake or Mount Lemmon at http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PALA/index.html. Different times of the year are busier than others, so it is always best to reserve early.

Interested in hiking? Romero Pools located at the Catalina State Park has a hiking trail that gives you an exquisite view of Tucson once reaching the top. It take several hours, but you can turn back and go down whenever you see fit. If you are interested in going, directions on how to find the trail can be found at http://arizonahiking.org/index.php/about-azh/85-tucson-area-and-southern-arizona/441-romero-pools-hike. Romero Pools is a tough hike, but reaching the top makes you realize just how strong you are and reminds you how much beauty is still in this world, even with all the chaos life throws at you.

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Outdoors may have never appealed to you before, although I suggest that you get out of your comfort zone. Several months ago I thought fishing was the most boring activity in the world, but then I went and caught a tiny fish. Now fishing has become my new favorite hobby! I can vouch for each and every one of these sites recommended to you in this article. If you cannot tolerate to be outside in the heat for too long now, just wait until it cools down in the fall. Don’t let time pass you by – get out there and experience everything in Tucson (or close by) that you possibly can!

-Codi

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