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Tucson Fitness and Activities


Hiking is an ideal way to pursue fitness while enjoying the strikingly diverse natural beauty that surrounds Canyon Ranch. Here you’ll bask in the year-round sunshine of the healing and inspiring Sonoran Desert. Led by Canyon Ranch outdoors experts, you’ll encounter fascinating desert plants and wildlife, surrounded by the spectacular Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains. Hiking levels are based on mileage, elevation gain and pace.

Please contact Outdoor Sports at Ext. 4355 for more information.


Hikes vary in length and terrain to accommodate all levels of fitness and experience. Guide service, packs, water, a meal or snack and transportation to trailheads are provided. Bring your hiking boots (preferably broken-in), a hat, sunblock and extra layers of clothing in the fall and winter. Don’t forget your appetite for adventure – even if you have never hiked before, you’re in for a great experience. Sign up: Outdoor Sports Activity Board or Program Advising.

  • complimentary

Complimentary on-property bird walks are available each week, and cover approximately 2 miles around the Ranch and Sabino Creek area. Binoculars and breakfast snacks are provided. Sign up at the Spa Activity Board or Program Advising. Bird walks meet in the Spa lobby and are led by a staff naturalist. See This Week at Canyon Ranch for days and times..

  • complimentary

What’s your ideal hike? Private hikes tailored to your own interests may be scheduled through the Hiking department. Enjoy the desert by night, or take a mindful walk along a scenic trail. Hikes can be customized for any focus, length, level or intensity, terrain and duration you choose. 24 hours advance notice required.

  • fees vary

Join an Outdoor Sports photographer to learn the fundamentals of photo manipulation through a digital editing program. You’ll learn the basic techniques for enhancing the artistry of your photos. You may bring your own electronic photos, or use one of ours.

  • $135 for 50 minutes

Interested in outdoor activities with a special focus? Look for specialty programs listed on the Outdoor Activity Board in the Outdoor Sports sign-up area.

Nature Discovery Hike – The Sonoran Desert is an environment like no other. Join a Canyon Ranch naturalist to learn all about this unique landscape on an interpretive hike into the world of towering saguaro cacti, gregarious cactus wrens and countless desert discoveries.

Night Vision Goggle Experience – Join us on a night walk in nearby Sabino Canyon and learn how to use night vision technology to explore the desert and the night sky.

Photography Hike – Celebrate the beauty of the desert and learn techniques for taking memorable nature photos on this easy, inspiring hike. You’ll have a high quality digital camera to use and will receive a CD of your images to take home.

Sketch & Paint the Sonoran Desert – Take a short walk at daybreak in a beautiful desert setting. Learn new techniques as you sketch and paint at the nearby DeGrazia® Gallery. Instructions and supplies are provided; no art experience is necessary. While you’re there, view the iconic artwork of the legendary Ted DeGrazia.

  • $105
    $135 for Night Vision Goggle Experience
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