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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