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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
Here is a slideshow of Parker Canyon Lake, Arizona and the San Rafael Valley, the backroad trip to get there.Continue reading
Here are a few scenes from the 2103 Tucson Folk Festival. The 29th Annual Folk Festival is scheduled for May 3 and 4. More information here. … Continue reading
March 2014. When we moved to Tucson back at the turn of the century, we purchased a fine house but not much landscaping. Once moved in, Ms. Karen immediately began to rectify that problem. We now have 3 patios & 5 amazing gardens, including her world-class rose garden, and somewhat … Continue reading
On a very pleasant February evening, Father Bill, Neighbor Roy, Ms. Karen & I visited innkeepers Dana & Peter at Blue Agave Bed and Breakfast. Their splendid inn is located on a hilltop in the Tucson Mountains west of the City. You can find our review of Blue Agave in … Continue reading
The 89th Fiesta De Los Vaqueros, aka the Tucson Rodeo, is just one of many delightful Southern Arizona Winter events; albeit a very big one.Continue reading
On a perfect February morning, we went to the 2014 Tucson Rodeo Parade. The parade celebrates the annual rodeo known as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros. The parade was created back in 1925 and is said to be the largest non-motorized parade in America. I can believe it. The procession … Continue reading
On the 4th Saturday of the month, Tombstone shopkeepers have started keeping their doors open and light on after sunset. They call this event: Tombstone At Twilight.Continue reading
The Old Pueblo Gunfighters is a local branch of the national Cowboy Fast Draw Association. They’re a colorful bunch of gunslingers. Each has an alias,Continue reading
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
The 4th Avenue Street Fair happens twice a year. Over two and a half days, three hundred thousand people descend on about a five block section of 4th Avenue in Downtown Tucson to shop, eat, and otherwise celebrate life. Neighbor Roy & I were among them on a sunny, 65-degree … Continue reading
Every year in the fall for the past 13 years, the Empire Ranch Foundation has put on a grand celebration of ranching life in Southern Arizona. From the 1860′s to the 1960′s, the Empire Ranch was one of the largest and most successful cattle operations in the American Southwest. The … Continue reading
October 19, 2013 Every October, the dedicated Park Rangers at Mission Tumacacori National Historical Park and the volunteers & staff at El Presidio de Tubac, the first Arizona State Park, put on one fine reenactment of the Juan Batista de Anza Expedition: known today at Anza Day. In 1775, when … Continue reading
October 18, 2013 - Neighbor Roy & I arrived about 5PM. Our mission? To photograph the annual Colossal Cave Halloween Howl. Halloween Howl will be held next weekend as well. The ghosts and ghouls look forward to having you there! Learn more about Colossal Cave Mountain Park here. Editor’s Note: I … Continue reading
This was the 40th Tucson Meet Yourself, an annual festival celebrating Tucson’s ethnic diversity. Neighbor Roy, Friends Dr. Larry and Dr. Jean from Maryland, & I spend many hours enjoying dozens of performances Saturday & Sunday. … Continue reading
A slideshow of Mission San Xavier del Bac, the “White Dove of the Desert”. The church has been lovingly restored and still offers mass.Continue reading
Gates Pass was named for Thomas Gates, a local pioneer & successful gambler, rancher, saloonkeeper, & miner. Today, we might refer to old Tom as an “entrepreneur”. In 1883 he searched for & found a shorter route between his mine in the Avra Valley and Tucson. When the County refused … Continue reading
In 1978, the United States formally recognized their sovereignty, thus creating the Pascua Yaqui Nation. “Pascua” is Spanish for Easter. For the Yoeme, Easter is the most sacred time of the year.Continue reading
The International Wildlife Museum located west of downtown Tucson on Gates Pass Road is definitely on our list of recommended “Things To Do With Kids In Tucson”. Particularly on a hot summer day. And if you have a Book of Fun, you can get a “two for one” admission price. … Continue reading
On a Sunday in late June (2013), we left Tucson and headed south to Parker Canyon Lake via the San Rafael Valley. The mountains surrounding the rolling grasslands of the San Rafael Valley are the headwaters of our Santa Cruz River. For a list of the Best Park and Gardens … Continue reading
There is much to do just a little south and east of Sierra Vista, such as hiking and bird watching along the San Pedro River; visiting ghost towns, such as Fairbank and Clovis sites, such as Murray Springs; and climbing the 600′ to this shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.Continue reading
Barrio Viejo, the old neighborhood, mainly consists of Tucson’s 19th century homes and commercial buildings. In the 1960′s & ’70′s, much of the old neighborhood was bulldozed to make way for urban redevelopment, including the Tucson Convention Center. Today, most Tucsonans would be happy to bulldoze the Convention Center if it would bring back the heritage that was lost.Continue reading
The Mineral Discover Center & Mission Mine Tour is one of the most fascinating attractions in Southern Arizona. Highly recommended!Continue reading
Southern Arizona gardens can be incredibly diverse as well as astoundingly beautiful. Our home in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains has many gardens & patios. We can easily tell the seasons by which plants are in bloom. Here are some from early April 2013. Amazon.com Widgets … Continue reading
In early April 2013, I wanted to drive the back road to Ft. Huachuca from Sonoita to view the Garden Canyon petroglyphs.Continue reading
Many folks in Tucson don’t consider a day trip or overnight road trip to Patagonia and Patagonia Lake State Park because they think it’s too far.Continue reading
We had seen so many beautiful images of Aravaipa Canyon like this one that we wanted to experience this wilderness preserve for ourselves. So, in early February 2013 I went on the BLM website and purchased permits: 4 to get us into the West Entrance on a Sunday in late February and 3 permits for the next Sunday at the East Entrance.
The permits are only $5 for each person. The BLM severely restricts the number of people who can use the Canyon at any one time. Something like 50 total. Also on a limited basis you can ride your horse through here, but you can’t bring your dog.
On a perfect Saturday in February, our friends from New York, Susan & Charlea, went with Ms. Karen, Molly Dog, & me to Catalina State Park in Oro Valley. After paying the $7 entry fee, we found a pleasant picnic area and fortified ourselves before hiking the archeological site on the ridge across the road.Continue reading
Santa Cruz County is still sparsely populated and remains an excellent destination for bird and wildlife photographers, hikers, ghost town hunters, kayakers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.Continue reading
Since 1925, Southern Arizonans have enjoyed the annual La Fiesta de Vaqueros aka: the Tucson Rodeo. This is a very successful event and well attended. The competitors are professionals and put on a great show. The Rodeo is kid-friendly and highly recommended.Continue reading
Rillito Park Racetrack is not Santa Anita or Churchill Downs. For one thing it’s a lot smaller, which is a good thing if it’s the horses and the races that matter most. No one goes to Rillito to make a fashion statement. Rillito is a historic country racetack in the midst of a bustling urban environment.Continue reading
An amateur photographer, Francie Hills is a retired teacher from New Hampshire who currently lives in Sierra Vista. We first saw Francie’s photographs at the San Pedro House, the visitor center operated by Friends of the San Pedro River. This 57,000 acre preserve protects one of the last remaining year-round … Continue reading
The Earp Vendetta Ride is your chance to ride where Doc and Wyatt tracked down the men who wounded Virgil and murdered Morgan following the most famous gunfight in American history.Continue reading
I am never really sure what folks will be interested in. Some of the shots of critters and plants have received unexpected interest. I have planted, won and lost many battles with the soil and environment. Here is a sampling of the plants around my garden.Continue reading
There is a relatively new set of in-depth tours at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum that will delight anyone who wants a closer look at the critters at the museum. If you have been visiting the Desert Museum for years, this is your opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the Museum.Continue reading
Other than to explore the abandoned old downtown and a few scattered artifacts, there isn’t much to do in Clifton except take photographs and say you’ve been there. But there is a reason to go to Clifton. Clifton is the northern entrance to the Black Hills Back Country Byway, a … Continue reading
I was out the one day to get some photographs of the sumptuous clouds that form at certain times of year, adding a certain amount of interest to an already amazingly photographic place.Continue reading
August 2012. Ms. Karen & I were in the pool when we heard the first clap of thunder. A few minutes later, another bang, this time much closer. Our southern sky was turning very dark very fast. We headed for cover hoping this time WE would get the rain rather than just a passing storm that drops its load of precious water on some other neighborhood.
A few minutes later, it was clear that this storm was moving northwest fast. We climbed our stairs to the viewing deck and watched it pass over our neighbors house just to our west. For the next four or five minutes, this is what we saw.Continue reading
Bisbee Enclave is a beautiful and useful website about dining, lodging, upcoming events, and things to see and do in historic Old Bisbee.
Bisbee Enclave is published by local musician Becky Reyes and local photographer Charlene Mitchell. You can view more of Charlene’s extraordinary photography at EvokingImages.com.
Ghost Town Trail: A road trip through Southeastern Arizona from Gleeson to Courtland to Pearce to Cochise.
These were all mining boomtowns in the early decades of the 20th century. While each had its own distinct character, they all succumbed to the same fate. When their mines played out, the inhabitants left for better pickings.
RaVen Bifrost is an independent, professional photographer specializing in Nature, Portraits, Events, and photographic restoration. All of his images here were taken at our Desert Museum. Click here to visit RaVen’s website: Photos by RaVen. … Continue reading
In this pictoral slideshow you will find colorful scenics in and around Bisbee, Arizona describing what is so unique about this old copper mining town.Continue reading
A self-guided tour of some of the unique historic and colorful homes, around the old downtown area of Bisbee.Continue reading
Our April 2012 road trip took us first to the ghost town of Gleeson (yes, that’s how they spelled it). After a look around at some of the ruins, we headed west toward Tombstone on a dirt road for just a few miles until we saw the sign for Rattlesnake Crafts, one of Southern Arizona’s stranger places. John & Sandy Weber make and sell wallets, belts, and other items out of rattlesnake skins. They also have a significant collection of gems and Old West artifacts.Continue reading
Tucson was the capitol of the Confederate Territory of Arizona between March 20, 1862, when the flag of the Confederate States of America was raised over Tucson and May 20, when the Union Calvary of the California Volunteers drove the last Confederate soldiers out of the City.
During that short period, 50 miles NW of Tucson, an engagement was fought between a Union cavalry patrol and a party of Confederate pickets from Tucson. Every year in March, dedicated men & women from all over come together at Picacho Peak State Park to reenact the western-most battle of the American Civil War: the Battle of Picacho Peak.Continue reading
Old Tucson has served as a movie studio for over 300 Westerns, TV productions and commercials. Today, it’s an Old West theme park that is both entertaining and educational. In April 2012, I attended the Western Music Festival & Art Show there and took these photographs. Old Tucson is closed to the public during the hot summer months, but is open October – May.Continue reading
Mescal Arizona is a faux Old West town 50 miles east of Tucson that was built as a movie set. A lot of Westerns were filmed here, including Quick & The Dead …Continue reading
There are several routes to the top of Mt. Wasson in the Tucson Mountains. This is a pictoral story of Sweetwater and Kings Canyon trails.Continue reading
Southern Arizona is one of the most beautiful places for photography on the planet earth. Photographer John Ashley has captured some of the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and nearby environs in this slideshow video, including the migration of the Sandhill Cranes just south of Willcox.Continue reading
Southern Arizona is home to hundreds of bird species and is a well-known birdwatchers’ paradise. But few photographers capture the images of our birds as well as John Ashley. Here are a dozen unique bird images from his collection.Continue reading
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