Tucson Mountain Park's entrance is only a mile or so from the community of Tucson Mountain Sanctuary.
I'm up and out at five thirty in the morning, and dawn's breaking in the east. In the western sky, the full moon is setting over this canyon wall. The coolness of the desert night is still with us, especially down on the canyon floor, and the sandy wash where I'm walking is easy on the feet.
By noon, the summer temperature will have soared to 103 degrees, but at 5:30 a.m. this might as well be another world -- a magical world for Tucsonans who, like me, are early risers.
Tucson Mountain Park is one of those very special places on the planet. Make plans to come visit. Who knows? You just might make Tucson Mountain Sanctuary your second home.
photo copyright Mike in Tucson