Lakes to Visit this Summer in Southern Arizona

Riggs Flats Lake near the top of 11,000' high Mt. Graham.

This summer everyone is looking for ways to get out of the heat, and usually that includes water. So, that said, here is a short list of lakes in the area, accessible within two hours of Tucson, and a little bit about each one so you can make an informed … Continue reading

Mt. Lemmon Cabin for Rent

Palisades Cabin

As the weather warms, Tucsonans will be searching for a way to get out of the heat! You can go camping on Mt. Lemmon or you can take a slightly more comfortable route and stay at the Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin, renting for $125 a night. The cabin sleeps 4 … Continue reading

Cochise Culture

Cochise Culture

The Friends of the San Pedro River are celebrating Archaeology month by offering a new Archaeology walk every Saturday in March at 9am. The Murray Spring Mammoth Kill site hike on March 8, 2014 will meet at the Murray Springs Parking Area off Moson Road. Learn more about this important … Continue reading

Tucson Day Trip 1: Mission Tumacácori To Mission San Xavier

Anza walking behind the Tumacacori Church

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 … Continue reading

Saguaro National Park West: A Pictorial.

rock art at Saguaro National Park West

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 … Continue reading

How Gates Pass Got Its Name: A Slideshow

14 Gates Pass w Moon

Gates Pass was named for Thomas Gates, a local pioneer & successful gambler, rancher, saloonkeeper, & miner. Today, we might refer to old Tom as an “entrepreneur”. In 1883 he searched for & found a shorter route between his mine in the Avra Valley and Tucson. When the County refused … Continue reading

Aravaipa Canyon East: A Pictorial.

Hiking in Aravaipa Canyon

While exploring the Aravaipa Canyon from the east entrance last February, we came across a cabin with the words “Guest House” painted on the sign. Welcoming words, indeed. After arriving back home we did some research and found that the Nature Conservancy rents it out. We vowed to return, stay in the cabin a couple of nights, and share the experience with friends.

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