Coronado National Forest


This 2781-sq-mile national forest includes the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains, north of Tucson.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Tucson attractions

1. Catalina State Park

5.83 MILES

With a day-use area, campgrounds and plenty of hiking, biking and horse trails, this state park in the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson is one…

2. Biosphere 2

7.23 MILES

Built to be completely sealed off from Biosphere 1 (the earth), Biosphere 2 is 3 acres of glass domes and pyramids containing six ecosystems: ocean,…

3. Sabino Canyon

11.38 MILES

Sabino Canyon, a lush, pretty and shaded mini-gorge, is well worth a visit in fine weather. Narrated hop-on, hop-off tram tours along the Sabino Canyon…

4. Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

14.68 MILES

Divided into the Enchanted Realm, Exploring the World and the History Gallery, this delightful museum of miniatures presents dioramas that are fantastical…

5. University of Arizona Museum of Art

17.68 MILES

Founded in its current building in the 1950s, the university's impressive museum showcases 500 years of European and American creativity. The permanent…

6. Center for Creative Photography

17.68 MILES

The CCP is known for its ever-changing, high-caliber exhibits. It also administers the archives of Ansel Adams – perhaps the best-regarded landscape…

7. Arizona History Museum

17.86 MILES

For an engaging look at highlights from Arizona's past, spend an hour at this family-friendly museum near the University of Arizona. You can walk though a…

8. Arizona State Museum

17.88 MILES

To learn more about the history and culture of the region's American Indian tribes, visit the Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropology…