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It is difficult to find scenic and comfortable sites in Southern Arizona. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
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Guided Tours of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Santa Cruz River Valley Tour at Tumacacori

Click HERE for schedule of upcoming tours and ticket purchases. What People Are Saying About Our Guided Tours Jim, I want to take a moment to thank you on behalf of all five of us. We really enjoyed being a part of the first wine tasting tour that you and … Continue reading

Tohono Chul Map

Tohono Chul Park: Spring Wildflowers.

Tohono Chul is a peaceful garden oasis in the midst of city and suburb. You can stroll along winding paths through several different types of gardens with hundreds of native plant species, as well as many birds, including hummers.

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Pima Air and Space Museum Map

Pima Air and Space Museum

Here is the history of manned flight. Pima Air and Space Museum has over 300 historic aircraft on exhibit, including the Blackbird, a 1950’s design that still holds the speed record for coast to coast flight: imagine going from New York to Los Angeles in one hour.

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Mt. Lemmon Map

mt lemmon snow

Mt. Lemmon is a recreational paradise in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Coronado National Forest. It is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. A perfect place for skiing in the winter or camping in the summer, it also has observatories that you can view through a telescope, winter or summer. Other activities are hiking, biking and hanging out to cool off in the summer.

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San Xavier del Bac Map

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac is about 15 minutes south of downtown Tucson. It is the finest example of Spanish mission architecture anywhere. It was built in the late 18th century and is today both an important piece of Baja Arizona history and an active Roman Catholic church serving the Tohono O’odham people.

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Love Music? On a Budget?

Crystal Stark

Do you love music but can’t afford the upscale venues around Tucson? Here is a suggestion. Fred Fox School of Music – Visit this page to find a plethora of musical events, performed by students of music. most venues are free or $5. … Continue reading

Where Is This? Guess Correctly and You May Win A Prize

three Crosses

Please submit your best guess to: info@southernarizonaguide.com. We will update this post next week with the place, the name of the winner, and some interesting related history. The Prize: $10 off any one of our guided tours or 50% off our E-Book: Southern Arizona’s Extraordinary History. The winner will have … Continue reading

Senae Thai Bistro: A Dining Review

Senae's Full Bar

We had not written a dining review for some time and, because it was also our Wedding Anniversary, we decided to dine out to celebrate over Thanksgiving weekend (2016). Twenty-eight years not counting the 4 years we lived together while I tried to convince Ms. Karen that marrying me was … Continue reading

Tom Jeffords and the Chiricahua Apache Reservation

Tom Jeffords. Photo taken in 1885.

Editor’s Note. Karen Weston Gonzales is a talented free lance writer. I first read her story about Southern Arizona pioneer, Tom Jeffords, in Tombstone Times to which I subscribe. The story is reprinted here with permission. The story is true and offers a clear account of one of the most … Continue reading

Where Is This? Guess Correctly and You May Win A Prize.

Monument to Ed Schieffelin who founded Tombstone AZ in 1879

Please submit your best guess to: info@southernarizonaguide.com. We will update this post next week with the place, the name of the winner, and some interesting related history. The Prize: $10 off any one of our guided tours or 50% off our E-Book: Southern Arizona’s Extraordinary History. The winner will have … Continue reading

Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory: 1862 – 1894. A Pictorial

Ruins of Fort Bowie, Arizona.

For a quarter century, 1861 to 1886, Ft. Bowie was prime real estate known as Apache Pass. The Americans wanted it for their stagecoaches & supply wagons. The Chiricahua Apaches wanted it because their people had lived here for at least two centuries. Both sides were willing to pay for it in blood.

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Sweet Birding At Sweetwater Wetlands

Bridge Sweetwater Wetlands

Last week Ms. Rosemary and I, Ms. Karen headed off to Sweetwater Wetlands, west of I-10 to see if we could spot some birds. Our docent Saturday was a volunteer from Pima County Recreation. It was most helpful to have a guide to help find these critters. With the help of … Continue reading

Murdered On The Streets Of Tombstone by Joyce Aros

Murdered On The Streets Of Tombstone

In early November 2016, I had the pleasure of sitting in the master bedroom of the main house of the Empire Ranch across from author Joyce Aros. It was the Annual Fall Roundup fundraiser and we were both at the authors’ table to sell our respective books: Murdered on the … Continue reading