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    Nov 1
    The Empire Ranch, in Sonoita, hosts living historians in a re-creation of cowboy's life on the ranch with exhibits, Western r...more
    Nov 1
    Enjoy an evening concert featuring Saguaro Sunset Bluegrass Band at the Trailhead with standard park admission to Catalina St...more
    Nov 8
    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act at this free, daylong, family-oriented event at Sabino Canyon Recreation...more
    Nov 9
    A scenic mostly flat course starts/finishes at Sabino High School, travels neighborhood roads at the foot of the Catalina Mou...more
    Nov 11
    Celebrate National Parks Veterans Day with free admission Nov 11th in Southern Arizona, including Saguaro National Park east ...more

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    Plants & Animals

    Get to Know the Living Desert

    If you think a city in the desert must mean desolate wastelands of hot sand and bleached cow skulls, prepare to be amazed. Because far from the land of tumbling tumbleweeds (OK, we actually do have those), the Sonoran Desert is verdant—even lush in some places—and everywhere teeming with life.

    Discover Tucson's amazing range of plants and animals adapted to our unique desert habitat, then take a short drive up Mt. Lemmon to pass through seven different "life zones," from the desert at the base of the mountain to Ponderosa Pine forests typical of Canada at the top.

    And if you're here in the spring, you're in for a treat, whether high on a mountain peak or walking the desert floor. Light rainfall in the winter and warm spring days carpet many areas in and around Tucson in spectacular yellows, oranges, purples, and pinks of wildflowers and blooming cacti.

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    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Address: 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743
    Contact: Gina Compitello-Moore
    Title: Marketing Specialist
    Phone: 520-883-1380
    Fax: 520-883-2500

    Essence of Tranquility

    Address: 6074 S. Lebanon Loop, Safford, AZ 85546
    Phone: (520) 428-9312
    Toll-Free: (877) 895-6810

    Pinau Merlin—reconnecting to nature

    Address: ,
    Contact: Pinau Merlin
    Phone: (520) 546-9409

    Tohono Chul

    Address: 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704
    Contact: Marcia Ring
    Title: Director of Marketing and Communications
    Phone: 520-742-6455
    Fax: 520-797-1213

    Tohono Chul

    Address: 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704
    Contact: Marcia Ring
    Title: Director of Marketing and Communications
    Phone: 520-742-6455
    Fax: 520-797-1213

    Tucson Botanical Gardens

    Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
    Contact: Michelle Conklin
    Title: Executive Director
    Phone: 520-326-9686
    Fax: 520-324-0166