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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. Please, no cellphones. Hiking levels are based on mileage, elevation gain and pace.

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


On-property bird walks are available each week, and cover approximately 2 miles around the Ranch and Sabino Creek area. Binoculars are provided. Sign up at the Outdoor Sports Activity Board or Program Advising. Bird walks meet in the Spa lobby and are led by a staff naturalist. Times 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.

$140 for 50 minutes


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.


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.

Times and fees vary.


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

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.

$110 for 4 to 5 hours

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.

$140 for 3 hours

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 digital copies of your images to take home.

$110 for 4 hours

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.

$110 for 5 hours

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