Beat the Heat in Tucson

Summer is here in Tucson and that means it’s time to head to the pools and parks. Check out this list of great places to stay cool. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, shade, and water! Whether you’re looking for an excitement-filled day or looking to relax by the pool, there are lots of options for the whole family! Here are 5 locations that are perfect for beating the heat in Tucson:



The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is famed for having the longest water slide in Tucson, at 235′ feet long! Their 3 swimming pools are open all year round and kept at a warm temp of 85 degrees during the winter months. With shallow zones, this is the perfect water park for families with young kids! But you must be at least 42 inches in height to go down the water slide.

Admission is free for resort guests; Non-guests may be able to purchase a day pass (Mon-Thurs only)



Trail Dust Town

Experience the historical wild west at the Trail Dust Town Theme Park! With so much to do, be sure to set a day aside for this adventure. Come see the shows with stunts, fights, explosions, and family-friendly comedy. Take a ride on the train and find hidden gems around the park! Enjoy lunch at the saloon, and purchase gifts at the shops. There are also venues available for weddings, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, quinceaneras, and more!



Rancho Sahuarita’s Water Park

With three slides, a recreational lap pool, a spa, and a fountain park, Rancho Sahuarita’s Water Park is the largest private splash park in Southern Arizona. The largest slide, a half-tube slide, is 20′ tall and 142′ long! It also has a kiddie pool, a picnic area, and a dry playground which makes this park the perfect place for families to spend the day! Heated to 82 degrees all year round, the splash park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Admission is free for guests; day passes may be available if you know someone in the community. All the more reason to move to Tucson!



Santa Cruz River

For a more relaxed pace and to enjoy more of what nature has to offer, visit the new and improved Santa Cruz River! As of June 2020, recycled water has been flowing through what was once a dry river bed as part of the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project. This added water is meant to help foster abundant native vegetation and wildlife and opens up new recreational and economic opportunities. Bike along the new river’s edge and marvel at the evolving landscape! 



Sabino Canyon

Grab a map from the visitor center and hike up to the Sabino Dam! With beautiful sites overlooking the valley, a flowing creek, natural pools, and vibrant green trees, you’ll enjoy nature with a refreshing reward. Remember to pack lots of water for the hike!

Admission for the day is only $5!

Tucson offers so many summer activities, both in and out of the sun, that you do not want to miss out on. If you need a place to stay for the summer, or for longer, Stargate West offers a variety of luxury apartments, so contact us today!