Are Tarantulas Spiders?


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

Barrio Cuisine: A Native American Bistro

Editor’s Note: 10/5/2015 Sadly, after just a year, Barrio Cuisine has closed. Charro Steak has taken its place.  Revitalized Downtown Tucson has yet another “foreign” food niche restaurant. Of course there is Caffe’ Milano for very good Italian. It’s next door to the Fox Theater, so when we are attending … Continue reading

Boat Tours at Patagonia Lake State Park

Patagonia Lake Bridge from water

When the weather warms you will appreciate the Boat Tours at Patagonia Lake State Park. Avian Boat Tours of Patagonia Lake are every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:15 AM Lake Discovery Tours of Patagonia Lake are every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM Twilight Tours every Saturday evenings. … Continue reading

Off Road Vehicle Information

Arizona State Parks has good information on exploring Arizona with their OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) program. If you are interested in where you can ride, visit Arizona State Park OHV page. … Continue reading

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Portal Cabin Rentals

Portal Bunkhouse

Birders will be pleased to hear that the Coronado National Forest is adding two cabins to the Portal area; The CCC Portal Bunkhouse and the CCC Portal House. Both house feature a fully stocked kitchen, sleep 4 or 5 and run $100-150 a night. For more information visit the Coronado … Continue reading