The Sabino Canyon of full-access tram rides and unchanging scenery was declared nearly dead last year after torrential rains enlisted the fury of hillside boulders to do mortal battle with the roads and cinderblock restrooms below. But from this death sentence, the beloved desert refuge has risen and--though changed and still dangerous as shown by the two deaths related to this season's flash floods--is once again the place to be. Still attractively versatile, the canyon attracts early-morning walkers avoiding the imminent heat, picnickers braving it and--after the sun goes down--another set of late-night walkers soaking in nothing but the rays of the moon.
2. Mount Lemmon
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum , 2021 N. Kinney Road, 883-2702, www.desertmuseum.org
Gene C. Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road, www.ci.tucson.az.us/parksandrec