|Outdoor recreation opportunities in Marana are numerous. There are more than 30 miles of trails in the Tortolita Mountains and the Tortolita Fan for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Shared-use paths link throughout the Town and are great for walking, biking and horseback riding. Birding is prevalent since the path parallels the Santa Cruz River. Marana also has one of the top 10 disc golf courses in the state. Get out and experience the unique nature Marana has to offer.
Hiking the Tortolita Mountains
CLICK HERE for an interactive trails map.
Hiking in Southern Arizona offers special challenges. These tips are offered to help you enjoy your experience and avoid discomfort and disaster.
- Never Hike Alone – Always let someone staying behind know your route and planned return time. Carry a map (know how to read it) and cell phone with emergency numbers and contacts pre-programmed.
- Drink and Eat Often – YOU LOSE ½ TO 1 QUART OF LIQUID FOR EVERY HOUR YOU WALK IN THE HEAT. If you are hiking uphill or in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, you might lose as much as 2 quarts of fluid per hour. "It’s a dry heat." Because the Arizona desert air is so dry you might not realize you are losing fluid. Look for salt rings on your clothes.
- IF YOU FEEL THIRSTY, YOU ARE ALREADY DEHYDRATED. Drink often, even if you are not thirsty. Your body can only absorb 1 quart of water per hour. Carry a water bottle in your hand or a hydration unit in your pack and drink small amounts often. You should alternate between water and an electrolyte sports drink.
- KEEP YOUR STOMACH FULL. Food is your body’s main source of energy and electrolytes. Eat a salty snack for every 20 minutes of summer hiking.
- Wait for the Shade – Avoid hiking in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. ALWAYS WEAR A WIDE BRIM HAT. Plan so that you are not hiking between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Enjoy the shade during the hottest part of the day. A pre-dawn start and late afternoon finish is the key to safe summer hiking. Most emergencies happen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Carry a lightweight flashlight for the option of hiking out after dark should you need the extra time.
- Stay Wet & Cool – Keep yourself wet to stay cool. Wear cotton and avoid wicking fabrics. Cotton holds your body’s natural coolant, perspiration, longer. Pack a zip-lock bag with wet wash rags or bandannas to put under your hat or tie around your neck. When you come across water, wet yourself down from head to toe. A spray bottle of water makes for instant air conditioning.
Check out this opportunity to sponsor one of the great trails within Marana. Groups and/or individuals interested in helping maintain and assist with upkeep of trail should CLICK HERE for more information.
Marana Disc Golf Course
Main course closed due to flooding. Perimeter baskets are available for use.
Random Draw League Doubles
All skill levels are welcome.
Saturdays, 7–9:30 a.m.
Individual Handicapped Leagues
All skill levels are welcome.
Sundays, 4–6:30 p.m.
Visit maranadiscgolf.com for more information.