Take a little Trip to Tucson, AZ where SLOW BURN from the “Lawmen”series makes a rendevous!
When you think of Tucson, AZ, you probably think about heat–and it’s true, the temps will get up there in the summer. The mountains are a great place to escape!
Now that it’s fall, we’re talking gorgeous weather, perfect for exploring the National Forests surrounding Tucson. After all, nothing beats spending an adventurous day with nature. A few friends or your significant other, and you’re set!
In the Santa Catalina Mountains, you can hike in everything from lowland desert sites teaming with wildlife and blooming flowers to mountains covered in pine and sycamore trees. Head out on a nice easy trail or take a hike with your S.O. for a private and romantic view of the mountain range. Birdwatch or fish in one of the many lakes located in the Santa Catalinas. You can ride a bike through the forest on one of the numerous bike trails, and even arrange to go on a horseback ride.
You can always explore the three scenic drives in the area. If you’re up for some adventure (and have a four wheeled drive vehicle), be sure to check out the Charouleau Gap Mountain Road, which begins in the grassy hills of the lowlands and takes you all the way up the mountain. Along the way, you can stop to take in the view of the Upper Sonoran Valley or relax at the desert oasis. Reach your peak at the top of the mountain and privately take in the stunning Cañada (Canyon) Del Oro, which contains rock formations and even an ephemeral stream.
All that physical activity has probably given you an appetite, so grab some lunch at the Iron Door Restaurant, which is located near the former gold mine founded by Jesuit Priests in the 1700s. The gold is gone, but the pictures scenery remains. On the weekend, dine and listen to birds sing love songs and enjoy the view.
Finished for the day? Head to the Rose Canyon Campground, one of the best places to “rough it” in the Catalina Mountains. The Rose Canyon Campground isn’t generally crowded. The campground features a lake that offers fishing and even a pier.
Because of it’s elevation, it never gets too hot in Rose Canyon–in fact, the Rose Canyon Campground may even get a little chilly, so be sure to bring a sleeping bag.
Nothing brings a couple together like nature, and whether you are looking for a desert drive or a mountain rendezvous with your S.O., the Santa Catalinas are the place to go. Put a spark in your relationship here as mountains and lakes provide a romantic backdrop for you and your sexy loved one.