Aug 8, 2014 9:10 AM by Jeff Beamish
TUCSON - Thanks to Monsoon rainfall, the desert is coming to life. A perfect example of that are the Starr Pass and Explorer Trails in the Tucson Mountains.
The Starr Pass Trail starts off in civilization, but quickly becomes a hiking heaven. Hikers are able to escape the city hustle and bustle on trails that are mostly flat, but rocky at tomes.
Who says the desert is brown and dead? On the Starr Pass Trail, barrel cacti are blooming flowers, shrubs are shimmering in emerald & the chollas are catching the green-up.
Something else to look out for on the Starr Pass Trail: abandoned mines, which occasionally pop up along the way.
Another trail showing off Mother Nature's work is the Explorer Trail near Kennedy Park. The flora isn't as abundant as the Starr Pass Trail, but it's just as beautiful.
Hikers also get unique views of downtown Tucson, while getting quite a workout.
The Explorer Trail is definitely a moderate hike, even though it's only 2.3 miles long.
To see a trail map for Tucson Mountain Park, click here.