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Tucson Mountain Park

Homesteader's 1930s stone house to be recognized

Homesteader's 1930s stone house to be recognized

An old stone house west of Tucson is prized for its history.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Winter wildflower bloom expands

Winter wildflower bloom expands

The winter wildflower wahoo around Tucson continues — with more and more blooms bursting forth earlier than usual in deserts and canyons near the city.

February 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Unauthorized trails mar Pima County parks

Unauthorized trails mar Pima County parks

Pima County parks official Kerry Baldwin remembers the phone call all too clearly.

January 29, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Hike off that holiday feast

Hike off that holiday feast

Perhaps your Christmas feast will consist of a few leafy greens, a small serving of tofu and a glass of spring water. Good for you.

December 23, 2013 1:00 pm Photos

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Hike off that Thanksgiving feast

Hike off that Thanksgiving feast

Perhaps your Thanksgiving feast consisted of a few leafy greens, a small serving of tofu and a glass of spring water. Good for you.

November 29, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Well-timed winter rain means good cacti bloom

Well-timed winter rain means good cacti bloom

The prickly pear cactus is known for its bright yellow flowers, and they're just starting to bloom in the deserts around Tucson. Saguaro National Park and the lower Catalina Mountains are good places to see them.

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Well-timed winter rain means good cacti bloom

Well-timed winter rain means good cacti bloom

The hedgehog cactus puts out a pink-purple floral display.

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Well-timed winter rain means good cacti bloom

Well-timed winter rain means good cacti bloom

It could be shaping up as a banner year for cactus blooms.

April 19, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

Linda Vista Trail, on the western edge of the Catalina Mountains, is an easygoing route that's good for a family hike and for inexperienced hikers. The trail lives up to its name - which means "beautiful view" or "lovely vista" in Spanish.

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To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

It can be your penance for a Thanksgiving pigout. It can be a clever way to get holiday visitors out of the house for a few hours. It can be a wondrous on-foot entree into the beauty of this place where we live. There's so much to like about taking a hike.

November 22, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

David Yetman Trail - The stone ruins on the trail are the remains of a home built in the 1930s by a man named Sherry Bowen, who was a city editor at the Star.

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To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

Tanque Verde Ridge Trail, an 18-mile round-trip trek to Tanque Verde Peak in Saguaro National Park East, can be a fitness test. Here's a tip - you don't have to do it all.

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To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

Tanque Verde Ridge Trail is lined with Saguaro Park's signature superstar cacti. Farther up the way, with an increase in elevation, the trail passes through zones of oaks, piñon pines and junipers at Juniper Basin.

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To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

To hike off feast, relish bountiful trails here

Tanque Verde Ridge Trail is lined with Saguaro Park's signature superstar cacti. Farther up the way, with an increase in elevation, the trail passes through zones of oaks, piñon pines and junipers at Juniper Basin.

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