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 Program, Third Quarter 2015


Rincon Group programs are from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. They are at SEIU (Service Employees International Union), 439 N. Sixth Ave., Tucson. Please follow signs to Room 153. They are free and open to the public. We have no programs in July or August.


Thursday, September 10. Arizona’s Legislature – Failing Our Environment, Failing Our Future. Join us for a briefing by Sandy Bahr, Grand Canyon Chapter director, and for discussion on the 2015 Arizona Legislative Session and key environmental bills. Find out who made the grade and who failed miserably relative to conserving our land, protecting our wildlife, and addressing key environmental challenges that face our state. There will be a presentation with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Copies of the 2015 Environmental Report Card will be available (and are also available on line). 


Third Quarter Outings 2015


JUL 26 (SUN) “C” San Pedro River Trail, Sierra Vista (2.5-3.5 mi., <500’ EC). Join us for this moderate early morning hike in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which is beautiful. Expect to see lots of birds and small wildlife. Summer is amazing here! Don’t expect a high-speed hike as we will pause for photography and observing birds, insects, and plants. Limit 10. Contact Beth Ann Krueger at (preferred) or 520-405-5470 or sign up at

AUG 7-9 (FRI-SUN) “C” Car Camping and Hiking in the Pinaleños/Mt. Graham (various hikes possible).  Spend a weekend (or a day) in the high country around Mt. Graham. Enjoy the cool air and beautiful views of this highest of southern Arizona’s Sky Islands. We will camp in a group campsite on Friday and Saturday nights and take hikes during the day. Saturday’s dinner will be a potluck, with everyone contributing some camp cooking. We will talk about wilderness around the state and the Mt. Graham Wilderness Study Area specifically. Contact Meg Weesner for details at 520-290-1723 or

AUG 29 (SAT) “C” Upper Sabino Box (6.3 mi RT, 1600’ AEG).  The hike will start at the Box Camp Trailhead in the cool at the top of Mt Lemmon. Our route will follow the Box Camp and Box Springs trail to upper Sabino Canyon and wade down canyon to the upper Sabino Box. There are several beautiful waterfalls, a slot that is deep enough to swim, and a natural waterslide to enjoy. The off-trail return trip will take us up canyon to the Sunset Trail parking area and from there we will hike back to the Box Camp trailhead. Participants should have off-trail hiking experience in wet canyons. Contact Donald Smith at or 520-591-9938.

SEPT 6 (SUN) “B” Chiricahua Crest Trail (11 miles RT).  Join us for an enjoyable and moderate hike in the lush and cool high country of the Chiricahua Wilderness. Wildflowers and new vegetation have taken over many of the slopes where the fires of 2011 once raged. If the monsoon is productive this year, the wildflower show should be prolific. The highlights of the day will include Centella Point (beautiful panoramas) and Winn Falls, a thundering waterfall at this time of the year. We will observe and discuss the diverse ecology and fascinating geology of this beautiful sky island range in southeastern Arizona. This hike will be set up as a car shuttle so we may drive out the evening before and car camp. We will start at Rustler Park and culminate the hike at Herb Martyr Campground. Contact Mitch Stevens to register for this outing at 520-991-1199 or

SEPT 7 (MON) “C” Labor Day on Mt. Lemmon, Aspen Loop Trail.  We will start early and drive to Marshall Gulch high in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The hike is a 4-mile loop with 800 feet elevation gain. During a snack break, we will discuss the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, the effects of the Bullock and Aspen Fires (2002 and 2003) and the role of natural fire in southern Arizona’s Sky Islands. Limit 15. Contact Meg Weesner for details at or 520-290-1723.




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