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May 6
Self-guided and guided tours, exhibits, and presentations about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies at annual conference i...more
May 10
Southern Arizona Roadrunners hosts one of the fastest 5Ks in the West - a pancake-flat, USATF-certified 5K course at Reid P...more
May 25
Colossal Cave Mountain Park hosts its annual benefit 5K road race between the Ranch and the Cave, with views of the Stone Ram...more
May 30
FC Tucson, Tucson's Premier Development League (PDL) semi-professional soccer club, takes on the Las Vegas Mobsters at Kino S...more
Jun 2
Walkers and their dogs are welcome at Tucson Botanical Gardens every Tuesday and Thursday in June, July, August, and Septembe...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
Phone: 520-742-6455
Fax: 520-797-1213

Tohono Chul

Address: 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704
Contact: Carolyn M. Gallo
Title: Event Sales Consultant
Phone: 520-742-6455
Fax: 520-797-1213

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Address: 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Contact: Mary Ann Confrey
Title: Events Services Manager
Phone: 520-326-9686
Fax: 520-324-0166