Unfolding in Sabino
Most Sunday mornings beginning at about 9 am from December 2016 through the high season you will find Ted Forsberg, FOSC Vice President for Development, waiting to talk with you about the accomplishments of Friends of Sabino Canyon! Stop by, say hello, and if you are not already a FOSC donor, please sign up. Ted may have a thank you gift or two to encourage your engagement with FOSC.
After about 9 months of foreplay, in December 2016 we are very close to having our new wonderful large full-colored Trail Map at the east end of the Visitor Center parking lot. The map will show all the trails and Shuttle stops throughout the SCRA (Sabino Canyon Recreation Area). Its focus is on trails accessible from the Bear Canyon access point, but the map covers the entire SCRA and beyond to the Pusch Ridge Wilderness area. The map includes a QR code that will allow you to take the map with you on your smart phone.
The USFS is close to finishing installation of a new chilled water, bottle-filling, drinking station outside of the restroom. Another bottle filling machine will be installed in the vending machine area as well.
The overflow parking lot north on Sabino Canyon Rd is expected to open in early 2017. The purpose is to help relieve the serious shortage of parking 8-11 am during our high season. The overflow lot already has a trail that wends its way through a nice section of desert emerging about ½ mile north of the Visitor Center up the main road in Sabino Canyon.
On April 8, 2017, the Southern Arizona Roadrunners will be back to host their 36th Annual Sabino Canyon Sunset Run, a 7.4 mile out and back from the Visitor Center to the end of the Tram Road.