best hiking in tucsonHow do I prepare for desert hiking?

When hiking in the desert, proper sun protection is critical. Before you leave on your hike, slather on the sunscreen. We recommend using SPF 30 or higher. Hiking wear should include clothing that breathes while it covers your skin and a hat to cover your face.

No hiker should start out on any hike without adequate water to last more than the hike would suggest. You never know what you might encounter, or when you might need more. In the cooler months, you can likely get by with less. The warmer it is, or the further/higher you intend to go, the more water you should carry.

What gear or hiking items should I bring?

Hiking items should include a comfortable pair of hiking boots, preferably with two pairs of socks.

Hiking apparel: Consider layering your clothes depending on the temperatures as well as sun exposure. A hiking hat with a full brim will help shield your head and neck from sunburn.

How about hiking poles?

Use of hiking poles varies by each hiker’s comfort. Many use two, some just one and some none. I recommend at least trying them out. Some hiking equipment stores will let you “borrow” a pair. Consider carrying a first aide kit (unless a hike leader in your group carries one). And a must is to bring adequate water, either in canteens, water bottles or hydration backpacks.

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Getting in Shape

Most Southwest Discoveries hikes range from easy to moderate. Although some of our trips feature more challenging outings, anyone in reasonable physical condition can have an enjoyable trip in Arizona’s climate. Learn your abilities before you go! Ready to try your hand at desert hiking? Request a copy of our Preparation Toolkit to get you even better prepared.

What does the trip include?

All trips include not only guided multiple day tours but distinctive hotel and bed and breakfast accommodations. Meals are included. Please read each tour description carefully.

What about single rooms?

Single supplements are available in nearly every tour. This is an extra charge over the quoted double room rate which is a shared rate. You will be booked into a double unless you indicate in advance your single preference.