Walk the Turquoise Trail

mural on wall of Presidio San Agustin de Tucson

Many long time Tucsonan’s have not heard of the Turquoise Trail in downtown Tucson where you can explore Tucson’s historical landmarks on a self-guided walking tour. The 2.5-mile trail takes you to 23 sites, including Hotel Congress, Armory Park, the Pima County Courthouse, and Fox Tucson Theatre. A turquoise-colored line … Continue reading

Do You Take Your Boat Out on the Water?

The Arizona Game & Fish Department is running a campaign this summer to let everyone know, that if you take your boat out on the water it is law to Drain and Dry your Boat before leaving the site. This is to curtail spread of the Aquatic Invasive Species the … Continue reading

Flandrau Planetarium Gets a Renovation

The Flandrau Planetarium will be closed this summer for Renovation. When it reopens on August 26, visitors to the Flandrau this summer will receive a coupon for 50% off on one of the new and exciting planetarium shows coming this fall! Read about the new Planetarium here. … Continue reading

Living With Coyotes

Coyote

Arizona Game & Fish Department estimates that about 200,000 coyotes live in Arizona. They are equally at home in the wild, in our cities and in the suburbs; anywhere they can snatch a meal.

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The White Desert Evening Primrose

White Evening Primrose

This Evening Primrose, also known as the Tufted Evening primrose because of its growth habit, grows freely throughout the Southwest desert. Its scientific name is Oenothera Caespitose. There are several subspecies, many of which are fairly drought resistant. The White Desert Evening Primrose is a clumping plant, spreading through reseeding, … Continue reading

The Mexican Evening Primrose

Desert Primrose

Love it or Hate it, there are no two ways about it. This plant will take over with very little encouragement. It spreads by its roots underground and soon will become unstoppable. Be careful with this. I planted three rooted stems, and now I cannot get rid of them. They … Continue reading

Bowen Ranch Ruins

Bowen House

The remains or ruins of the Bowen Ranch House sit quietly in the southern end Tucson Mountain Park. It is an interesting departure from a nature hike in these parts. The Bowen Ranch was home in the 1930’s to Sherry Bowen, editor of the Arizona Daily Star. The Ranch became … Continue reading

AllTrails.com: A Useful Resource

yetman-map

We recommend that hikers subscribe to National Geographic’s AllTrails.com. There is a Free version and a PRO version for $29.95 in 2016. The advantage of the PRO version is that you can print off maps and download them to your phone, for use online or offline use. The maps feature … Continue reading

Is That a Donkey or a Mule?

Forever Home Donkey Rescue and Sanctuary

Do you know the difference between a donkey, a mule, a jackass or a burro? A donkey is a species of animal, much like a horse but not a horse. They have distinct DNA. Donkeys are also called, Ass, Jackass (male) or Burro in the Southwest. A Mule is a … Continue reading

Are Tarantulas Spiders?

Tarantula

Yes, tarantulas are spiders. In the southwest desert, they are quite large for spiders, up to 3-4 inches and hairy. They belong to a group of arachnids called Theraphosidae. Males can live 12 years. Females can live up to 20 years, if they are not run over by cars. Tarantulas … Continue reading