Welcome to your detailed guide for Tucson hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Tucson, USA. Compare prices for Tucson hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tucson. To help you make friends with Tucson before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Tucson, a large sprawling city on the border of Mexico in the desert of southern Arizona, is surrounded by mountain ranges and national parks. Tucson is a diverse city with extensive Hispanic, college-student, and GLBT communities. Its proximity to Mexico has resulted in a large annual Day of the Dead celebration. The University of Arizona is the largest college in the area and draws more than thirty thousand students to the city. Tucson hostels are located within walking distance of the college bar scene.
While there are lots of campgrounds, there aren’t many hostels in Tucson. In the winter the rates spike during the Gem and Mineral Show; dorm beds and private rooms need to be booked in advance. Another busy period is in early November when a huge procession of costumed performers parades through the streets of Tucson to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Several Day of the Dead altars are also exhibited throughout the town. Another must-see is located on the southern edge of the city at the San Xavier Indian Reservation -- the beautiful, seventeenth-century Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Surrounding the city are several national parks and a few stables for travelers interested in horseback riding. Baboquivari Peak, Sabino Canyon, the Tucson Mountain Park, and the Saguaro National Park are popular with hikers. Baboquivari Peak is located southwest of Tucson and the nearby Kitt Peak National Observatory is a good place to get a great view of Baboquivari Peak. There is an Indian reservation in the area and jaguars have been spotted in the Baboquivari Wilderness. Sabino Canyon is north of Tucson and is a good place to see waterfalls. West of Tucson is the Tucson Mountain Park, which has archery and gun ranges in addition to miles of trails. To the east is the Saguaro National Park, which is characterized by abundant cactus. Fall and spring are best for hiking to avoid the extreme summer heat and winter snowfall.
Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Tucson. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Tucson. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!
Watch out for scorpions and guys on Fourth Avenue.
Rent a car buget for a taxi ride everywhere you want to go because this city is so spread out. Bus service except for a couple trunk lines on a couple major streets stops running very early! Lovely people, kind, helpful, and very curious if you look a bit out of the conventional fashion. Teenagers are so bored there that it's a shame, but even they are sweet if you are sweet back.
Rent a car and drive to Tombstone!
Sabino canyon, although a 3 mile walk from the end of the bus line, is the closest (and possibly most awesome) place to hike in Tucson.
Try the Mariachi mass on Sunday mornings at Saint-Augustine Cathedral (large white adobe church downtown) for a novel experience. Hours are posted outside.
Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Tucson and USA.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.