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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A Day At The San Pedro River

San Pedro River

6:30 AM. Early yesterday, I met LuAnne at Murray Springs. As the PR gal for Cochise County she knows a lot about the San Pedro River Valley in general and birding in these parts in particular. We hiked the 0.3 mile loop at the Clovis archeological site and checked out the half dozen interpretive signs [...]

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In Search of Cliff Dwellings in Turkey Creek Canyon

Red car crossing Aravaipa Creek

In March I shared with you our adventure to the West Entrance of Aravaipa Canyon. From Tucson, it took us about 2 hours to get there, the last several miles on a very windy but decent dirt road. The following week we drove to the East Entrance. That adventure took us about 3 hour just [...]

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Tucson To Oracle State Park Via Redington Pass

Kannally Ranch House

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 [...]

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