Recently, we wrote an article to help those First Time Visitors to Tucson. This week, we suggest a few hidden treasures that those of you who live in Tucson may have never heard of; or may have not gotten to yet. When we first arrived in Tucson, it was several years before we heard of these places. That is why they are included. Perhaps you have not heard of them either. We hope that this will provide some impetus to branch out and do something out of the ordinary. Here is our list: Hikers & Birders Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Brandenburg Station Aravaipa Canyon West Entrance. Camp at the entrance or hike in a bit and camp. Klondyke Station - Our choice for “Camping”. All equiped cabin. They have what you forgot to bring. Muleshoe Ranch Preserve - Lovely place if you like your nature with amenities. Carr Canyon – Perhaps everyone has heard … Continue reading
Tubac, The Missions, The Titan Missile Museum, The Mineral Discovery Museum and more! There are two historically important missions south of Tucson just off I-19: Missions San Xavier del Bac and Tumacácori. (pron: san ha’-vee-air and too-ma-ca’-cor-ee) “Bac” was the Papago Indian name for the site. The Papago Indians are now known as the Tohono O’odham, meaning “Desert People” as opposed to their cousins in the Phoenix area who are now the River People, due to their proximity to the Gila River. Visiting Mission San Xavier del Bac, Mission Tumacacori National Historic Park and the historic Tubac Presidio in between makes for a fine day trip. And if you have time, the Titan Missile Museum is just a mile or so west of the freeway and an excellent side trip. (See our videos). All are highly recommended. Mission San Xavier del Bac is about 15 minutes south of downtown Tucson. … Continue reading
One of the features on Southern Arizona Guide is The Best Picnic Areas In Southern Arizona. Last Sunday, we “discovered” yet another one near the top of Carr Canyon. And yesterday we enjoyed an old favorite among the boulders of Texas Canyon. One reason this is a favorite picnic spot is the Amerind is [...]
We delight in the beauty of Southern Arizona. And no place is more magnificent than Saguaro National Park West. When friends & family visit for the first time, we always recommend they visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to learn about our Sononan Desert. We suggest they then go a few miles further and explore our Saguaro National Park to actually experience the Desert. What’s not to love? But how does one explain a saguaro forest to someone who has never seen even one of our regal giants? Send them a picture and they will be amazed. On any given day when there are clouds in the sky, you can wander around out here and, I swear, the scenery changes every few minutes. All of these images were created in one hour and within a one mile radius. Ya’ gotta love country roads. As the crow flies, we live about 5 … Continue reading
Agua Caliente Park is one of the best picnic spots in Tucson. I was amazed at how many locals were unaware of it. Below is a slideshow of photos I took in April. Here’s a map to show you how to get there and this LINK will take you to the Park’s website for more detailed information. For a list of other other Best Parks and Gardens click here. … Continue reading
On a Sunday in late June (2013), we left Tucson and headed south to Parker Canyon Lake via the San Rafael Valley. The mountains surrounding the rolling grasslands of the San Rafael Valley are the headwaters of our Santa Cruz River. … Continue reading
Looking for a cool summer getaway? Consider Mt. Graham (elevation 10, 720) and the alpine forest atop the Pinaleño Mountains, about a 3 hour drive east of Tucson.
On a pleasant Sunday in early May, 2013, Ms. Karen, my mother-in-law Judy, and I traveled from Tucson to Carr & Ramsey Canyons south of Sierra Vista. Our principle goal was to attend a 2 PM performance by Dolan Ellis, the Official Arizona State Balladeer at the Arizona Folklore Preserve. Along the way we enjoyed several beautiful places that most folks don’t even know about.
Another Sunday drive. This time Neighbor Roy, Ms. Karen, and I were off to Oracle State Park via Redington Pass east of Tucson. Access to Redington Pass is easy. Just go east on Tanque Verde. Eventually, the pavement ends and the worst road in Southern Arizona begins. Even the high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles [...]
The month of April we featured The Friends of the Huachuca Mountains, who open the Carr House seasonally for your education and enjoyment. Watch the Video. Carr House opened April 27th, 2013 and will remain open until October, 2013. See the event calendar for their Sunday Afternoon Programs.