Feb 18, 2011 11:53 AM
TUCSON - Not all hikes are created equal, as some trails have large elevation gains and others lots of switchbacks.
At Catalina State Park, they have a trail that aims to teach you about where you're hiking. Enter the Nature Trail; a mile long loop that's not too tough.
Park ranger Steven Haas said, "It's good to learn about some of the different environmental aspects of the park and the Sonoran Desert".
Hikers will learn a thing or two about their surroundings. With signs scattered along the trail, one can find out how the Catalina Mountains formed or how far mountain lions can leap.
While learning about nature is the main feature, for out-of-town visitors, it's all about the views. One hiker said, "Being from Ohio, we don't get quite the vistas that you have here. We never get tired of looking at the mountains; they're just gorgeous".
Gorgeous in the daytime, the Catalinas light up a twilight. That makes the Nature Trail at Catalina State Park the perfect place to catch an Arizona sunset.
For a trail map of Catalina State Park, click here.
For more information on guided hikes at Catalina State Park, click here.