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Located beside the Santa Cruz River, Tucson has been home to Indian villages and farms for 2,000 years. In 1700, Father Kino established the first Spanish mission, San Xavier, at the Indian village of Bac, 10 miles south. Tucson was founded as a Spanish military garrison to protect settlers from Apache raids. Governed by Mexico from 1821 until 1854, it became part of the United States with the Gadsden Purchase. It was once territorial capital of Arizona.
Today, active adults and families alike will enjoy balloon tours, ATV adventures, world class golf courses, tennis and swimming, as well as many professional sports teams. The University of Arizona offers many exciting college level sports venues with enthusiastic supporters.
Plenty of sunshine, mild winters, low humidity -- Tucson's climate makes it an ideal place for sports and outdoor recreation in any season. Whether you prefer to tee-off at one of the local golf courses, cool off with a nice swim, enjoy a game of tennis, go for a hike, join a local team sport, or just be a spectator -- Tucson has something for everyone.
Tucson is a golfer's paradise, with ideal weather for year-round play, and a wide variety of excellent courses -- most of them open to the public -- from luxurious resorts charging up to $300 peak season for a round with cart to municipal courses at less than $20 with cart. The county course and five municipal courses are maintained at "country club" standards, so even if you're on a budget you can play on some really excellent courses.
Due to the popularity of Tucson's five municipal courses, the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department has devised an automated reservation system (there is a small fee for using it). You can call the courses directly for general information. For a comprehensive list of Tucson's fine courses, including addresses, pictures, yardage and ratings, check out Tucson Golf Courses Guide.
The mountain ranges surrounding Tucson provide wide variety of trails. Whether you want a casual nature walk or a rugged backpack and rock climbing adventure, there are many mountain parks, canyons and campgrounds just minutes away from the city.
Yes, skiing. Tucson is one of the few cities where you can go golfing on a winter morning and skiing in the afternoon. Only an hour's drive from Tucson, the scenic Catalina Highway takes you through pine and aspen trees to Mt. Lemmon's Ski Valley at an elevation of over 8,000 ft. For a comprehensive list of Arizona's snow skiing reports and contact information, including downhill and nordic cross-country, check out Arizona Snow Skiing Guide.
Tucson is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the nation. Designated bike paths and bike lanes make getting around the city easy and safe. The usually dry river beds of the Rillito and Santa Cruz rivers are lined with long stretches of river park paths perfect for cycling, inline skating, or just plain walking. Mountain biking is also popular in Saguaro National Monument East and many other areas surrounding Tucson.
For over 25 years, cyclists have turned out for the El Tour de Tucson, one of the oldest, largest and best (according to Bicycling Magazine) perimeter cycling event in the United States covering a 111 mile route that circles the Tucson area.
You can find over 200 tennis courts in city and county parks, schools and private resorts and hotels. A membership fee is required by most resorts. Each year in April, about 100 celebrity players come to Randolph park for the Celebrity Tennis Classic. For a comprehensive list of Tucson's fine tennis courts and clubs, including contact information, check out Tucson Tennis Courts Guide.
If you like watching sports, Tucson has plenty for you -- plus ideal weather to get out and enjoy the game in. Fans come out to watch the Arizona Diamondback's Triple A baseball club, the Tucson Sidewinders, play at Tucson Electric Park. March brings pro baseball teams like the Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies here for spring training.
The University of Arizona offers nearly every sport imaginable, many UA teams are top-ranked in the nation.
Two major golf tournaments are hosted by Tucson in the spring. The Tucson Golf Classic, a PGA tournament is played at Tucson Omni National Golf Resort in northwest Tucson. In March pro women golfers come to town for the LPGA Championship Tournament played at the Randolph Golf Course.
Tucson even has a professional ice hockey team, the Tucson Gila Monsters. The Rillito Racetrack is Tucson's source for horse racing. Tucson's County fairgrounds host thrills and chills of NASCAR racing. The biggest and one of the oldest authentic rodeos in the nation -- the Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, takes place over several days in late February at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.
A day at the Park
Parks and recreational areas maintained by both the city and county exist throughout Tucson. Facilities for tennis, golf, swimming, picnicking, jogging, cycling, basketball, volleyball, baseball & soccer can be found at many of these regional and neighborhood parks. The Parks and Recreation department also offers numerous classes on everything from fitness to arts & crafts for children, teens, adults and seniors.
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