Sabino Canyon – photographers’ dream landscape in Arizona’s Catalina Mountains, 19 miles from Tucson
After a morning’s exploration of memoir writing at Facilitator Allyson Latta’s writing workshop, 10 writers drove to Sabino Canyon and hopped aboard a two-car tram ride departing the low plateau Sabino Canyon station.
We rode a scenic trail to the topmost lookout at the heart of the Catalina Mountains. Sabino Creek begins its journey on the slopes of Mt. Lemmon, bouncing down the canyon. It supports the lush greenery and trees in which deer, javelina, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, birds, and other animals find food and shelter. For 30 minutes our driver and guide pointed out significant ecological and geological features, telling historic tales of Hohokam natives and westward pushing settlers – and warning us what to do if we came upon a mountain lion (rare, trust me, or I wouldn’t have been there).
At the summit, #9 Rest Station, four hiked even higher, while the rest of us hiked down the road to the #8 Rest Station. From there three hailed a down going tram ride to #1 Rest Station where we hailed another up going canyon ride. I enjoyed a second trip up the canyon to view the spectacular scenery without a camera in front of my eyes. As we had a new driver, I absorbed even more of the narrated information. We collected the rest of our hiking group when we found they’d hiked down to #3 Rest Station — and no mountain lion sightings! In fact, no critters of any kind.