The University of Arizona Wildcat teams compete in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming, track and field, and other sports during the school year. For ticket information call the McKale Center (520/621-2287 or 800/452-2287, www.arizonaathletics.com). The Tucson Sidewinders play minor-league baseball from early April to early September at Tucson Electric Park (2500 E. Ajo Way, 520/434-1021, www.tucsonsidewinders.com). Spring training in March brings the major-league baseball teams Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox to the Tucson Electric Park (2500 E. Ajo Way, 520/434-1000) and the Colorado Rockies to Hi Corbett Field (520/327-9467).
Greyhounds hit the track evenings year-round at Tucson Greyhound Park (4th Ave. at E. 36th St., 520/884-7576, www.tucdogtrak.com) in South Tucson. Stock cars (mostly) roar toward the finish line at Tucson Raceway Park (520/762-9200, www.tucsonracewaypark.com) on most Saturday nights from March to November; take the I-10 Rita Road Exit 273, turn south, make the first left, and follow signs.
This spacious green park in the middle of Tucson has a zoo, Hi Corbett baseball field, a soccer field, rose garden, lakes, and picnic areas. The park is three miles east of downtown; turn north on Randolph Way from 22nd Street. Tucson City Parks and Recreation (900 S. Randolph Way, 520/791-4873, www.tucsonaz.gov/parks) offers information on facilities and programs centered at Reid and other parks.
This downtown center (60 W. Alameda, 520/623-5200, http://tucsonymca.org/lohse/) has a covered outdoor pool, fitness center, racquetball/handball courts, indoor track, sauna, and whirlpool; it fitness classes and other programs. You can purchase a one-day pass or an annual membership. There's a county parking garage above the center.
Tucson Parks and Recreation Aquatics Dept. (520/791-4245, www.tucsonaz.gov/parksandrec/) maintains 21 swimming pools, about a third of which stay open year-round. Look up addresses and phone numbers in the telephone book under Tucson City Government. You can also swim year-round in the covered outdoor pool at Lohse YMCA (60 W. Alameda, 520/623-5200) and in the outdoor pool at University of Arizona's McKale Center (520/621-2599).
Randolph Tennis Center (50 S. Alvernon Way, 520/791-4896, www.randolphtenniscenter.com) offers 25 lighted tennis courts, instruction, and a pro shop, as well as 10 lighted racquetball courts. It's just south of E. Broadway, three miles east of downtown.
The city of Tucson (520/791-4336) has five 18-hole courses. The Tucson Official Visitors Guide and yellow pages have listings for the many private and resort clubs in town.
The countryside surrounding Tucson offers some fine riding. Stables may close in summer or stay open only early and late in the day. El Conquistador Stables (10000 N. Oracle Rd., 520/742-4200) and Pusch Ridge Stables (13700 N. Oracle Rd., 520/825-1664) offer rides year-round in the Santa Catalina foothills about 13 miles north of downtown. Cocoraque Ranch Horse Rides (6255 N. Diamond Hills Lane, 520/682-8594, www.cocoraque.com) leads rides and other activities on a working cattle ranch west of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Colossal Cave Mountain Park Stables (16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, 520/647-3450) has a variety of rides in the Rincon Mountain foothills east of town.
Southern Arizona Hiking Club
About 2,000 members belong to this active group, which organizes about 50-60 hikes monthly that range from easy to challenging. The club schedules day-hikes, backpacks, climbs, river trips, ski tours, and snowshoe trips. Members also promote conservation and build trails. Visitors are welcome on hikes. Contact the club for membership information by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to P.O. Box 32257, Tucson, AZ 85751. You can also call 520/751-4513 for recorded information or check the website www.sahcinfo.org.
At Mount Lemmon Ski Valley (576-1400 recording or 520/885-1181 business office) in the Santa Catalina Mountains you can enjoy downhill skiing during the mid-December to mid-April season. The longest run is three-quarters of a mile, dropping from 9,150 to 8,200 feet through fir and aspen forests. See the Santa Catalina Mountains section above.
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