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Tumamoc Hill, Tucson

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Tumamoc Hill is a butte located immediately west of "A" Mountain and downtown Tucson, Arizona. It is home to many radio, television, and public safety transmitters. The University of Arizona (UA) owns a 340acre preserve and leases another 509acre as a research and education facility. The Steward Observatory maintains a small astronomical observatory with a 20in telescope on the hill. Besides being a prominent landmark, Tumamoc Hill has a long and varied history, and is currently an important site for ecological and anthropological research as well as a refuge and a recreational option for the people of Tucson.
National Environmental Study Site Arizona State Scientific and Natural Educational Area National Historic Landmark National Register of Historic Places

Tumamoc, which is an O'odham word for "regal horned lizard", was a home to the ancient Hohokam people. It is the site of the earliest known trincheras village, consisting of 160 foundations of round stone structures, as well as large stone perimeter walls. Over 460 petroglyphs and a prehistoric garden beside the hill provide further evidence of Tumamoc’s importance to these people. For long after that time, 1,300 years ago, the site continued to provide resources to the Tohono O'odham, Akimel O'odham, and the Hopi. It has also been reported to be a burial site for the Apache and the O'odham.
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  • Time to reopen Tumamoc. I’m sure we are all accustomed to enough social distancing by now to be able to safely climb a hill in warm weather.  more »
  • My wife and I hiked to the top and enjoyed the view. The trail is paved, a moderate workout, and the signs along the way share interesting information. My only frustration was that the signs are...  more »
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  • Tumamoc Hill is nearly perfect as a 3-mile-long general exercise hike. The combination of curves, straightaways, gradients, and elevation gains could hardly be better. The desert it traverses is mostly natural and beautiful, and the views are great. It is crowded, so if you're seeking solitude, I'd go elsewhere.
  • It is a very awesome place to experience for exercise. Walk up it alone or with a companion. No one minds anyone. Every one is kind to each other and it is very safe.

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