Living in the national and ecological borderlands of Southern Arizona, the Rincon Group of the Sierra Club’s Arizona Grand Canyon Chapter is positioned to influence a diverse set of environmental issues in and around the Tucson metropolitan area. The Rincon Group was created in the 1970s and has grown steadily in scope and influence over the years. Today, the Group addresses several fundamental environmental challenges, including the effects of border security on the region’s landscapes, advancement of abundant renewable energy sources, water conservation and smart growth. Many of our initiatives focus on grassroots movements and rely heavily on the passion and dedication of the greater Tucson community and fellow Sierra Club members. 


Rincon Group Programs, Fourth Quarter 2015


Rincon Group programs are AT A NEW SITE from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. They are at UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers Union), 877 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson. They are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 8. A Future Without Fossil Fuels. The world is using up its Carbon Budget. A future that solves Climate Change is going to have to stop using fossil fuels. What does a fossil-free electricity grid look like? Come find out at this presentation by Robert Bulechek, clean energy consultant and chair of the Tucson-Pima County Energy Commission.

Thursday, November 12.  Climate Change, What it Means and What Do We Do? This past year has been marked by accelerating and alarming changes in the world's climate, Some changes have been surprising and counter-intuitive -- such as the cold weather in the Midwest and East. Grand Canyon Chapter Chair Elna Otter tells us what's up. We'll also talk about climate-induced conflict, transporting oil, and tipping points.

Thursday, December 10. What’s up with the Proposed Rosemont Mine? The Coronado National Forest began its Environmental Impact Statement process for the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains more than eight years ago. Thousands have opposed it, as have local governments and members of Congress. Dozens of scientific reports have warned of catastrophic results if the mine were developed. Can this disastrous proposal be stopped? Gayle Hartmann, president of Save the Scenic Santa Ritas, will discuss the issues and explain why she is confident this proposal is a “No Go.”


Fourth Quarter Outings 2015


OCT 10 (SAT) “B-” The Red Ridge Trail/Mt. Lemmon (5 miles one way, 3,236 elevation gain)  Steep but only 5 miles, From the trailhead at Catalina Camp, the trail winds down to a stream, and then through an area of red rock, hence the name The Red Ridge.  From there the trail steadily climbs up to a path that runs along the ridge line.  Here we will come to three separate clearings with beautiful views of Canada del Oro Canyon, Hartman Mine, and Reef of Rock.  Bring plenty of water and snacks.  It should take us about 5 hours or so with our carpool from LeBuzz. Contact Colleen Avender/Collen at or 520-577-4543. Tucson

OCT 24 (SAT) “B” Thimble Peak (10 mi., 1250’ EC). This uniquely shaped 5230’ peak is a well known Tucson landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. There is a good trail most of the way to the peak. The final mile involves some off-trail hiking. We will climb the North Spire, and, from the peak, you will be rewarded with extensive views of Tucson. Plan for a full day. Contact Colleen Avender/Collen at or 520-577-4543 or Don Smith at or 520-663-7717. Tucson 

NOV 1 (SUN) “C” San Pedro River Trail, Loop at Fairbank  (4-5 mi., <500’ elevation change). 7 AM - 9:30 AM.  Moderate morning hike in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Expect to see birds and small wildlife as well as an old cemetery and some mining “left-overs.” Not a high-speed hike but we’ll keep a steady pace.  We’ll pause for photography and observing birds, insects, and plants.  Bring hiking boots, hats, unscented sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water. Binoculars are recommended. Email for accommodation and carpooling suggestions in SE Arizona. Participant limit 10.  Sign up on MeetUp (preferred) or email Beth Ann Krueger at Tucson

NOV 7 (SAT) “B” Bassett Peak–Galiuro Mountains (10 miles RT, 2,500 feet EC)

Join us for the best fall color hike in Arizona, the scenery is outstanding! Nestled between Mt. Lemmon and the towering Pinalenos, the Galiuros are an overlooked gem. The blazing colors of maple, aspen and ash trees, combined with superlative and far reaching views at the summit, make this one of the top ten hikes in the state. At the summit, you’ll enjoy magnificent views and discuss the geology and botany of the region. We’ll observe many other sky island mountain ranges visible on a clear day. Be prepared for a long but amazing day, sun up to sun down. Contact Mitch Stevens at or 520-991-1199. Tucson

NOV 14 (SAT) “B” Red Ridge and Oracle Ridge Loop (8 mi; 2,500 EC) This route starts high in the Santa Catalina Mountains and forms a loop on the north slope of Mt. Lemmon. We will spot a car at the Oracle Ridge Trailhead, then drive to the starting point, the Red Ridge Trailhead. The route links three trails and goes downhill first, then uphill. Much of this area was burned in the Aspen Fire of 2003, and we will have a chance to observe and talk about how land rejuvenates itself following fire. Limit 10. Contact Meg Weesner for details at or 520-290-1723. Tucson

NOV 21 (SAT) “D” U.S./Mexico Border Up Close Join us in Bisbee at 10 a.m. for an illustrated talk about environmental impacts of U.S. border enforcement. Following abrown-bag lunch (bring your own), we’ll visit the border and meet residents. A representative of Customs and Border Protection will talk to us about 7 miles of wall slated for “upgrading.”   (Authorities are currently ignoring pleas to make it either wildlife or water-friendlier.)   Carpooling to Bisbee encouraged. Contact Elna Otter at 520-212-9736 or Bisbee

DEC 14 (MON) “D” U.S./Mexico Border Up Close. Join us in Sahuarita (just North of Green Valley, 15 mi. south of Tucson) at 9 AM at the Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita for an illustrated talk about environmental impacts of U.S. border enforcement. Then we’re off to Nogales to enjoy an early taco lunch at Cocina La Ley where we will be met by a local rancher who will show us some Nogales sites before heading off to his ranch which adjoins the border.  Contact Elna Otter or Jim or Alex at 520-212-9736 or Tucson

JAN 2-3 (SAT-SUN) “C”  Leafcutting Ant Project Discovery Hike in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument  Come for a day or for the weekend; overnight at group campsite in campground Friday/Saturday nights.  Daily meet-up at 9 am sharp at Visitor Center parking lot.  These are daytime research study data-collection hikes (3-8 miles) along braided major arroyo channels in the south part of the park, through lower bajada environments with elevation gain/loss under 200 feet.  Many eyes will help our search for rare Atta mexicana ant colonies, but expect a very slow walking pace not very suitable as an aerobic work-out/conditioning exercise.  Bring water, lunch and phone/device with GPS App to enhance navigation experience (many areas have excellent cell coverage).  Rain cancels daily hike, but not the following day’s hike. Background info:  Contact Elna Otter at 520-212-9736 or Tucson

JAN 8-10 (FRI-SUN) “C” Leafcutting Ant Project Discovery Hike in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  See hike description for Jan 2-3. Contact Jim McPherson at 520-212-9736 or Tucson




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