13 Adventure Activities in Tucson You Need to Try

The Old Pueblo offers an abundance of adventurous activities for the whole family.

Scale the walls of an indoor climbing gym, ride the trails of the Sonoran Desert, work as a team to decode clues, and challenge opponents to a game of mini-golf. Even the most athletic, audacious, clever and competitive families find adventurous activities in Tucson.

Urban Adventure Quest

Puzzle Rooms

Begin in the heart of downtown, where you can explore hidden gems and historical sites by deciphering clues and completing challenges throughout a two-mile scavenger hunt with Urban Adventure Quest. Stops include Hotel Congress, Fox Tucson Theatre and the Tucson Museum of Art, among other popular destinations. 311 Court Ave., 805.603.5620

Escape Room Tucson

For master riddle solvers and clue decoders, Escape Room Tucson gives teams 60 minutes of mind-boggling challenges inside themed rooms like the Red Rum Cottage and Cold War Espionage. 3655 N. Oracle Road, Suite 102, 520.887.2583

Fox in a Box Tucson

Escape from the Central Bank or Zombie Lab at Fox in a Box Tucson (972 E. University Blvd., 520.488.4393), work your way through clues inside the Six Shooter Bunk House and the Illusionist room at Ace of Escape (48 N. Tucson Blvd., Suite 101; 236 S. Scott Ave., Second Floor, 520.222.7395) and pinpoint Agent Q’s location while inside the Secret Agent Room at Will You Escape?  2577 N. First Ave., 303.562.4614

Ace of Escape


Get an aerial view of the Sonoran Desert while soaring above saguaro cacti during the Zipline EcoTour with Arizona Zipline Adventures. Five zip lines range in length from 400-to-1,500 feet. For a different perspective, opt for the Sunset Zipline or Starlight Zipline tours. 35406 S. Mt. Lemmon Road, Oracle, 502.308.9350

Rocks and Ropes


Test core strength while climbing the indoor rock walls at Rocks and Ropes. Take turns climbing and belaying at R&R's downtown location (330 S. Toole Ave., 502.882.5924), or carefully scramble up 7,000 square feet of state-of-the-art bouldering walls at The Bloc in northeast Tucson. 8975 E. Tanque Verde Road, 502.209.2562

Family Fun Park

Siblings and parents alike unleash their competitive sides while pushing the pedal to the metal on a go-kart course, taking aim during a round of laser tag or miniature golf and challenging each other to arcade games at Funtasticks Family Fun Park221 E. Wetmore Road, 502.888.4653

Colossal Cave Mountain Park


History buffs and desert explorers find adventures underground during cave tours at Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Options include the regular tour, day and nighttime ladder tours and the Wild Cave Tour, which ventures into unlit and unmarked passageways. 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail, 520.647.7275   

Horseback Riding

Saddle up and explore Saguaro National Park on horseback during a two-hour trail ride with Houston’s Horseback Riding. Participants pair off with retired rodeo horses for morning and evening guided adventures. 12801 E. Speedway Blvd., 520.298.7450.