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Old December 18th, 2007, 01:57 AM   #1
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Where are the outside trails in Tucson?

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Old December 19th, 2007, 01:43 AM   #2
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Seems my dear friends to the south are slacking, but hope they jump into this bring you up to date on any new pathways... Uh, guys?? help me out here.

A few nice pathways I remember:
Reid Park: 3 mile loop: east of downtown (between Broadway & 22nd)
Santa Cruz river path: 9 mile+ loop: west of I-10 (follow Broadway west of downtown)
Rillito River path: 10 mile + loop: access from River Road/Country Club?
Freedom Park path: access from Golf Links/29th South/Kolb - skate west towards downtown.

Enjoy the warm n' sunny climes...
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Old December 19th, 2007, 02:09 PM   #3
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Hey Shesk8, I really appreciate the reply. We are headed for that area for a week or so. I was surprised no one posted as there are powerful Roller Derby Teams there as well as a strong skating community. Oh well Christmas is almost here and folks have a lot on their minds. Thanks again.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 06:38 PM   #4
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I asked sk8rmom (who lives in Tucson) to come over and help you out. Hopefully she knows something.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 08:23 PM   #5
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A few nice pathways I remember:
Reid Park: 3 mile loop: east of downtown (between Broadway & 22nd)
Santa Cruz river path: 9 mile+ loop: west of I-10 (follow Broadway west of downtown)
Rillito River path: 10 mile + loop: access from River Road/Country Club?
Freedom Park path: access from Golf Links/29th South/Kolb - skate west towards downtown.

That about covers it for trail skating as far as I know. I'll try to expand on each a little.

What part of town are you going to be in?

Reid Park is east central side of the city. It's probably the closest to the airport. It's bordered by Alvernon on the East, 22nd street on the south, country club on the west and Broadway on the north. It's a big park. Has a zoo too. Not sure you can skate in the zoo, but there is a path all the way around it. It's very popular for walking, biking and skating, but doesn't appear to be crowded.

I'm most familiar with the Rillito River path on the NW side of Tucson. I bike it or walk it though. You can skate it, I just prefer flat surfaces for skating and there are downhill areas since the path goes under the streets. I do see people skating it though so that's up to you. There are many access points for it along River Road.

I'm not very familiar with the Santa Cruz river walk. I've been on a small section of it only. You can't access any downtown areas from the freeway though so if you are driving in, you'll want to follow the exit signs if you are going anywhere near downtown.

I'm not familiar with the Freedom Park Path so I can't talk to that at all. I know the general area, but that's it.

If you decide you want indoor skating, there is only one rink left in town. It's on 22nd Street just east of Pantano. Website is skatecountry.com.

Does that help?
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Old December 20th, 2007, 01:45 AM   #6
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Try contacting Fast Eddie in Tucson: fstedysk8@SkateTucson.org
web: http://www.skatetucson.org/

Not sure if the club still does weekly skates, but most of the guys I know there skate a few days week.

Have fun! I miss living in the ole' pueblo.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 12:40 AM   #7
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I just want t thank you for the info. I will be in Benson just after Christmas through the New Year. We plan to bicycle and I will be skating in Tucson. Should be a lot of fun!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...Phil
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Old December 5th, 2016, 02:44 AM   #8
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You have to have a sense of humor when you skate and post in this forum. Almost ten years ago I posted this and never did skate in Tucson😎 I am now wintering near Tucson and have no excuse, the time is near as are Tucson trails.
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and, fast forward... you're in for a real treat. Miles upon miles of newly paved extend pathways.

Happy Rolling in the ole' pueblo.

Tucson inline group on FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/131139193647966/
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Thanks shesk8! Being slightly out of town and doing my volunteer work, those 0800 meetings do not bode well for me. I was in Oro Valley Bicycle and a guy there knew a woman who organizes local trail skating. Might that be You? Have not been on the trails yet but they look new and smooth. Only brought my 80mm inlines. Thank You, will see you out there!
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Heading to Tucson this Fall. Will finally skate the trails😎
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