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Feb 28
Summit Hut and the towns of Oro Valley and Marana host this hiking challenge with four options for participants: 5 miles, 10 ...more
Mar 1
Colossal Cave Mountain Park offers special treats on the first Sunday of each month.  This month's theme is "Wildli...more
Mar 4
Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS) presents the sixth of its six-week Arizona Winter Circuit with hunter, jumper and equitation cl...more
Mar 7
Enjoy an evening concert featuring Cactus Jam (Folk music) at the Trailhead with standard park admission to Catalina State Pa...more
Mar 8
The Southwestern Fair Commission, Inc is proud to welcome the Escapees RV Club and the 55th Escapade RV Rally at The RV Park,...more
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2015 Travel Guide
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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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Ajo Chamber of Commerce

Address: 1 N. Plaza St., Ajo, AZ 85321
Phone: (520) 387-7742

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Address: 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone: 520-883-1380
Fax: 520-883-2500

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Address: 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743
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

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