Agua Caliente HeronFollowing is a partial list of the Best Parks and Gardens in Southern Arizona. Partial? Because we have not visited them all yet. These parks and gardens, usually, but not always sport a water feature. Whether swimming is allowed or not, just the view of water seems to cool one off on a hot June day. Let us know what your favorite park or garden is. Contact Us!

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

Las Lagunas de Anza Wetlands: A Nogales Treasure

Las Lagunas de Anza

Las Lagunas is a lush Natural Wetlands smack dab off the I-19 Freeway just 8 miles from the Mexican border. Several weeks ago, a fellow by the name of Don Clemans contacted us at Southern Arizona Guide, wanting to know how he could get into the Best Birding Spots in … Continue reading

It’s a Good Time to Visit Tucson Botanical Gardens

Blue Tropical Butterfly

Summer is over, temperatures are cooling down. It’s a good time of year to take a stroll in one of Tucson’s lovely Botanical Gardens, have some lunch at the Cafe´ Botanica, stroll through the gardens taking note of the LEGO exhibits, and visiting the Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion for the … Continue reading

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Arizona

Boys of the CCC

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a National public work relief program. Operating from 1933 to 1942, it was organized to assist unemployed, unmarried men from relief families as part of the New Deal. The CCC provided jobs for these young men, helping families who were having difficulty finding jobs during … Continue reading

A Springtime Visit To Tohono Chul Park

March 13, 2015. There are many reasons to visit Tohono Chul Park in the Spring. They always have interesting art exhibits, such as the Mexican Folk Art Show & Sale. And amazing plants in the greenhouse you can buy for your own garden. But in the Spring, go for the … Continue reading

Hiking Sweetwater Preserve

Wendy Rich Dogs On Trail

Sweetwater Preserve is mountain bike, horse, hiker and dog friendly. On the weekends all of the above come out to play. It is one of Pima County’s newest aquisitions, a 700+ acre preserve located on the East side of the Tucson Mountains. Be prepared to share. It is a popular for mountain … Continue reading

Meatloaf At Tohono Chul Park’s Garden Bistro: A Review!

couple dining at garden bistro

On a pleasant mid-day in January (2015) I had the pleasure of dining at Tohono Chul’s Garden Bistro with good friend Ms. Marcia. For the shear joy of dining on a patio surrounded by beautiful gardens, serenading songbirds, and acrobatic hummingbirds, you cannot beat the Garden Bistro. Two years ago, … Continue reading

Cactus of the Sonoran Desert: The Boojum Tree

Boojum Trees

Headed north to Globe on State Route 77, Yucca and Cardon litter the countryside. A trip from Tucson to Boyce Thompson Arboretum to see the Boojum trees is well worthwhile. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves … Continue reading

See The New Baby Big Horn Sheep At The Desert Museum

Big Horn Sheep Ewe and lamb

Mother’s Day 2014 saw a new mom at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum with the birth of its first Big Horn lamb since 2007. The new lamb arrived early Saturday morning, May 10. Over the years, the Museum has had six successful Big Horn births. The ewe, recently transferred from the … Continue reading

Medicinal Plants of the Sonoran Desert

Take a walk with a docent at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. For those of you who are not familiar with the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, it is well worth the trip. The Arboretum, part of the State Park system is much like the Desert Museum, only with more water, lush plant … Continue reading