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Forests in the Catalina Mountains offer a respite from desert heat.

He's a vegetarian, runner and childhood fan of the Chicago White Sox. 

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Water storage tanks near Summerhaven in the Catalina Mountains are full.

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Sites around Tucson show off the scenic effects of monsoon rains.

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The Chuck Bowden Mount Lemmon Community Center will be dedicated on Saturday.

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What will it look like in a few decades? No one knows.

  • David Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

As the Aspen Fire barreled up Marshall Gulch and through Summerhaven in June, 2003, a home on Phoenix Avenue fell to the flames – one of more …

Standout species include maple trees and aspens.

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Abundant monsoon moisture has left the mountains looking lush and green.

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Two Oracle-area couples claimed their properties were destroyed in a backburn.

Wildflowers are in brilliant bloom in the mountains — bolstered by the monsoon.

Popular Sabino Canyon northeast of Tucson typically has three types of weather in June: hot, very hot and let’s-not-even-talk-about-it hot.

Summerhaven now has a sidewalk.

Trails and roads in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson are open during the government shutdown — and visitors to the heights will find coo…

Summer officially expires on Sunday — but Tucson is still sweltering with highs at or near 100 degrees even as the first faint signs of fall c…

This year’s monsoon has been less than a wet-and-wild wonder, and forecasters say it might be on the verge of fizzling out altogether.

  • PHOTOS BY DOUG KREUTZ / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

The 3.7-mile loop created by the Aspen and Marshall Gulch trails in the Catalina Mountains is one of the best, most classic summer hikes near Tucson.

  • Doug Kreutz Dkreutz@azstarnet.com

Cool mountain air. Aspen groves. Cool mountain air. Winsome wildflowers. Cool mountain air. Tranquil pools of water.

  • Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

New Mexico locust were blooming June 10 along the loop formed by the Aspen and Marshall Gulch trails.

  • Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star

Hiker Gary Pivo takes time out from his hike to relax on the "bark-alounger."