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Nov 22
Another epic installment of Tucson's one-and-only "Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson presented by Casino Del Sol,"...more
Nov 27
Work up an unforgettable Thanksgiving appetite with a European-style 5K around Reid Park. Or enjoy this fun opportunity to ch...more
Dec 6
A great event for the whole family, the Tucson Marathon Family Fitness Fest will be held on the University of Arizona campus ...more
Dec 6
Enjoy an evening concert featuring The Jim Howell Band (Country, Rock, Soul/Blues) at the Trailhead with standard park a...more
Dec 7
The Tucson Full- & Half-Marathons & Marathon Relay & Yarnell 19 Memorial Run start in the Old West historical tow...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

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