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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Where is This? Guess Correctly and You Might Win a Prize!

1.14.17 –  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 … Continue reading

How Paton’s Birder Haven Became World Famous

Violet Crowned Hummingbird.

Like many “Big Deals”, this one started with a “Little Deal”. In this case, the little deal was a flying jewel about 10 cm long and weighed in at about 5 grams. It had feathers, of course. A white underbelly, red beak, and sported a violet crown. It was also … Continue reading

Yuma: A River Runs Through It. Part I

Yuma Territorial Prison Guard Tower

As far a we can tell, without the Colorado River, there would be no Yuma, Arizona. However, because Yuma has abundant water from the River, this Southwest Arizona City has an abundance of attractions for locals and snowbirds alike. Moreover, we at Southern Arizona Guide recently discovered that Yuma is … Continue reading

Puerto Peñasco: A Road Trip to Mexico

Each year at Christmas time, Ms. Karen & I take a road trip from our home in the Tucson Mountains in search of our next adventure. Two years ago, we headed for the Zuni Pueblo, but for our purposes the town was closed to touristas. So we continued on and … Continue reading

The Bisbee Massacre

Historic Bisbee

On a cold December day in 1883, five men robbed the Goldwater & Casteneda Store on Main Street that substituted for Bisbee’s only bank. They did so believing that the mining company’s payroll was locked inside the store’s safe. What started as a quick and easy robbery ended in the death of almost a dozen people.

The robbers quickly discovered a problem. The mine’s payroll had not yet arrived. Foolishly, the five robbers stuck around to steal what they could from the store, its owners, and customers. This took time. Time they did not have.

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Chaco Canyon: A Slideshow

Chaco Culture

During the 4 days that followed Christmas 2013, Ms. Karen & I set out to follow the great Coronado Expedition of 1540 from the San Pedro River Valley in Southeastern Arizona to the Zuni Pueblo just over the Arizona-New Mexico border where he and his followers expected to find the … Continue reading