Christopher Columbus Park


Nestled in northwest Tucson is a park that’s sheer magic for water lovers. Featuring massive shade trees, a well-maintained dog park and model airplane area, there’s truly something for everyone at this Arizona staple. Group ramadas are available for parties and events, there’s an expansive playground for little ones—but many come here for the prize catches at Silverbell Lake.

The manmade lake in the desert is stocked with bass, amur, trout, sunfish and catfish. It’s a fisherman’s paradise where locals and visitors alike settle in for a full, relaxing day of their favorite sport. Nearby, a duck pond is idyllic for leisurely strolls and the model boat is a fantastic option for model enthusiasts and families.

A Day on the Lake

Christopher Columbus Park is also a favorite for recreational lovers and outdoor workouts. October is perfect outdoor rec season, and you’ll often find runners, joggers and walkers taking advantage of the trail that winds around the lake. Birders love the area because it’s home to a variety of native birds, and photographers love the area for the rich diversity of landscape options.

Enjoy stunning mountain views at this shady reprieve, whether you’re planning an outing with friends, family or simply want to escape to some peace and quiet in the heart of Tucson. Grab your fishing pole, running shoes or camera and don’t miss out on this gem.