Located to the NE of Tucson are Sabino and Bear Canyons. These canyons or at the base of the Catalina Mountains and were only about 8 miles from our apartment. They are part of the National Forest and are a lovely place to hike, walk, animal and plant watch, rest, and learn. I (& we) enjoyed many hours walking and riding (tour buses up Sabino Canyon and to Bear Canyon) in these canyon. They have small seasonal rivers that attract wildlife. For those living in Tucson, they are a very convenient place for a before and after work jog or stroll.