Coronado National Forest – Box Camp Trail
Location: Leave car at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, start hike at trailhead along Catalina Highway east of Tucson, Arizona
Length of visit: 6 to 9 hours
Major draws: Scenic views, canyon, wildlife
Strenuosity: 9 out of 10
Cost/Fees: $5 day use fee or America the Beautiful pass
Additional considerations: Route finding required, trail overgrown, little shade, cacti, rattlesnakes, one-way hike requires 2 cars
Description: 13-mile trail drops 5,000 feet in elevation from ponderosa pine forest through pinyon-juniper woodland to saguaro cactus desert of Sabino Canyon. Rugged trail disappears in places, but offers incredible views.