TUCSON, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Tucson is another Arizona city that, like Phoenix, lets you take one step out of the urban sprawl right into the wilderness.

[WATCH: Sabino Canyon proves desert can be just as beautiful as rolling hills]

At the northeast edge of Tucson, along Sabino creek, lies Tucson's worst-hidden secret! Sabino Canyon is the premiere place to work out, picnic, or just take in Mother Nature at her finest.

Folks from all over Tucson love to jog or walk in the area during the early morning hours. It's a nice, quiet place where people can just come and relax and do their exercise, daily exercise.

Maria Stafford with Sabino Canyon Tours takes people on tram tours of the canyon. "I love it, it's beautiful" she says. "I meet people from all over the world. I get to know a lot of the people that live here just by waving and saying hello."

Sabino is believed to have formed some 12 million years ago. Then an earthquake in 1887 dislodged massive boulders lining the canyon walls, which crashed down to the valley below.

There are 9 stops on the tram route where people can venture off to hike, picnic and just play in the creeks. "It's lovely; there are so many different things to look at, the mountains and the cactus are gorgeous. Where we're from, the flat lands of Illinois, cornfields are about all we have around us, so getting to see this and the sights, the kids are just enjoying it. It's nice to get around; it's well-maintained."

Sabino Canyon is one of those places Arizonans like to bring out-of-state visitors. "It's a culture shock; it's different. When we left yesterday, it was 26 degrees so being here is a little warm, but that's okay! That's what we came here for;  it's what we were hoping for, some warm weather, so it's lovely."

Sabino Canyon is a perfect example of how the desert can still be just as beautiful as a forest of pine or rolling hills or plains.

 

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