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A free Wednesday night walk/run, starting at Wade McLean Park, situated immediately east of Coyote Trails Elementary Sch...more
Jun 30
After 16 summers of showing classic films in the plaza of La Placita Village in downtown Tucson, The Cinema La Placita outdoo...more
Jun 30
Shop for locally grown fruits/vegetables, plants, flowers, eggs, baked/canned goods, honey, gourds, and herbal remedies at Me...more
Jun 30
On Thursday evenings, browse the eclectic collection of fine art by 100 renowned artists, including Tucson's Artist of the Ye...more
Jun 30
Sol Casinos presents a free concert on Thursdays at Casino del Sol Resort with a lineup that includes tributes to classic roc...more
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Posted By: Lesley Kontowicz
This quirky coming of age film was adapted from the novel by Mark Poirier and tells the story of Ellis (Graham Phillips) a 15-year-old boy who is leaving his rather non-traditional home in Tucson ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Trying to decide where to bunk in Tucson? Consider this trio of bed & breakfasts. The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast InnAdobe Rose InnAll allow you to sleep in a beautiful home and enjoy a ...
Posted By: Teya Vitu
There was no way for me to tell it was brimming with calcite, the primary building block for the spectacular cave formations around me. As I have quickly discovered, Kartchner Caverns, about 50 miles ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Aquarius is ascendant in Tucson this summer. No matter what your sign-or budget-the stars predict a great watery getaway, from a discounted stay at a splashy resort to a free front row seat at one of ...
It's the first day of monsoon season, and the sky over Southern Arizona is celebrating in true desert fashion. Magnificent storm clouds collide with the mountains, rain pours down on the windshield ...
I’ve wanted to see this band since I was 15 years old. With a sound as melodic as it is guttural, Bring Me The Horizon has been at the forefront of the metal scene since they made their debut in ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Living so close to Reid Park has some great benefits. This mid-town park contains both the Dell Urich and Randolph public golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, the El Con Club ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Look, I get it. Tucson is hot in the summer. But I still like to get out and mountain bike as much as possible. There are those who still brave the heat and ride during the day but honestly, I ...
Posted By: Laurie
My husband, Don, and I spent a weekend at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone (about 2.5 miles west on Allen St., which turns into West Monument Rd-left a brochure in your mailbox). We had a truly ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
I found something out about myself on Sunday, March 25, 2012: I am not a runner. Let me back up a bit and explain. My good friend Matt, who had enough with his sedentary lifestyle, joined ...
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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
Phone: 520-883-1380
Fax: 520-883-2500

Reid Park Zoo

Address: 3400 E. Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: 520-791-4022
Fax: 520-791-5378

Tohono Chul

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

Tucson Audubon

Address: 300 E. University Blvd. #120, Agua Caliente Park (corner of 5th Ave. & University Blvd.), Tucson, AZ 85705
Phone: (520) 629-0510
Fax: (520) 623-3476

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