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Mission San Xavier

Mission San Xavier

Tucson Day Trips are our recommendations for the most interesting sightseeing, destinations, and attractions within a 12-hour, fairly leisurely round trip drive with lots of interesting stops along the way.
For an overview of tours that Southern Arizona Guide presents and other recommended Tours and guides, see Tucson Tours.

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Tucson Day Trip 3: Southern Arizona Wine Country

Deer grazing near Sonoita

The dozen or so wineries in the little communities of Sonoita & Elgin are about an hour southeast of Tucson via scenic Hwy. 83.  The terrain here is very different from Tucson. No saguaros, but miles of rolling hills, tall grass & cattle herds and if you look closely you … Continue reading

Our Lady Of The Sierras

Our Lady w cross 01

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.

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The Coronado Expedition: 1540-42

Coronado Expedition. Painting by Frederick Remington in 1898.

The story of the Coronado Expeditions is one of bravery, perseverance, high adventure, faith, and incredible greed. Between hiking trails and scenic back roads, we can retrace their historic route.

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Florence, AZ: The Death of Tom Mix

Tom Mix Stamp

In 1929, Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles, nearly broke. For years, he had tried unsuccessfully to sell his life story to Hollywood producers. At his funeral, one of his pallbearers was Tom Mix, the rich, famous, and handsome star of silent westerns. Eleven years later, his movie career in decline, Mix died in a car accident 20 miles south of Florence.

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From Gammons Gulch To Donkey Rescue!

Jay Gammon by old Car

Ms. Karen, Ms. Rosemary & I traveled an hour east of Tucson one pleasant November Sunday to Gammons Gulch, a Western movie town built by Jay & Joanne Gammons. Jay went to grade school in Tombstone where his father became Chief of Police in the 1950’s. During this period, Jay’s … Continue reading

Klondyke Arizona: (Almost) Ghost Town

Klondyke Arizona: Restored Cabin of Jeff Power.

Klondyke is a near-ghost town in western Graham County. In the second decade of the 21st century, the only roads out there are still unpaved. The Klondyke cemetery is just southeast of town. There you will find the graves of the Thomas Jefferson “Jeff” Power and his family. Few know the sad story of these […]

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A Day Trip Through History: The Santa Cruz River Valley

Tucson Convento & Chapel on the West Bank of the Santa Cruz River.

A Brief History Of The Santa Cruz River Valley From Tucson South To The Mexican Border.  Here you will find the Spanish missions and presidios (forts) of the Pimeria Alta, Land of the Upper Pimas. Today, Interstate 19 makes traveling this 70-mile section of Arizona history an easy day trip. … Continue reading