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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

Tucson Attractions: The Ones Few People Know About!

Road to Cave Creek Canyon

Locals are generally familiar with our major Tucson and Southern Arizona attractions, such as our fantastic Desert Museum & the beautiful gardens of Tohono Chul Park. You can find the ones we recommend under “Attractions” in the Main Menu. However, very few locals know about or have been to the … 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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2 Arizona Book Reviews: Chasing Arizona and Dry River

John & Sandy's Rattlesnake Crafts & Gifts. Junk Not For Sale.

Two Book Reviews, One Arizona Author. Chasing Arizona: One Man’s Obsession with the Grand Canyon State. By Ken Lamberton Chasing Arizona is a travelogue by Ken Lambertson about his one-year quest to find all 12 of Arizona’s state symbols in their natural setting: State Flower: Saguaro Blossom; State Bird: Cactus … Continue reading

Cochise and the Battles of Dragoon Springs and Apache Pass

Painting of the Battle of Apache Pass by Joe Beler

Part II – This is the second in a series on the great Chiricahua Chief, Cochise, and his part in the fascinating history of Southern Arizona. For the First Part in the series, Please see the post on Cochise Becomes a “Reservation Indian”. Confederate Soldiers Occupy Tucson In February 1862, … Continue reading

The Wrath of Cochise, by Terry Mort: A Book Review

General George Armstrong Custer

Most Americans know at least a little about Custer’s Last Stand, also known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The incident has an epic quality worthy of Homer’s Illiad or Virgil’s Aeneid. The battle took place on June 25th & 26th, 1876 between the combined forces of the Lakoda, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes […]

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More Things To Do With Kids In & Near Tucson

Monster truck ride at Rooster Cogburn's Ostrich Ranch.

More Things To Do With Kids begins where our last article, “Things to do with Kids in Tucson”, ends. Since writing our original article we have found many more things to do with young children in and around Tucson. Moreover, new kid-friendly attractions have since opened. Most of the adventures … Continue reading

Linh Nam: A Little Bit Of China In Tucson

Linh Nam Chinese Restaurant

On the advice of a neighbor, Ms. Karen wanted to go to Linh Nam Chinese Restaurant on Ina Road. (Note to all you Tucsonans who pronounce “Ina” with a hard “I”, this road was named for a lady whose name was “Ee” na.) Before leaving home, I looked up some … Continue reading

The Fox! A Historical Perspective


The Fox Theatre is one of the cornerstones of Tucson’s downtown, the Historic Rialto and the Hotel Congress being two important others. Through the valiant efforts of some foresighted people, these historical treasures were saved for future generations. The Fox Theatre, a non profit venture, hosts music, movies, comedy and other … Continue reading

New Passport Is Here: Have Fun, Save Money!

14th Edition Tucson Passport

For many years, we at Southern Arizona Guide have recommended Tucson Passport (aka Book of Fun) to our visitors. It’s consistently the best deal in town. You buy a Passport for $20. You take it to participating area attractions and get 2 for the price of 1 admissions and other … Continue reading