Spring in the desert… things to do this Spring!March 8th, 2019
A few of my personal favorites!
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum houses over 230 types of animals and 1,200 plant species on 98 acres where visitors get to explore and learn about the Sonoran Desert in a natural setting.
The museum, one of the top Tucson attractions, was founded in 1952 and features an aquarium, unique botanical gardens, an art gallery, a natural history museum, and a zoo.
Two miles of walking paths take visitors through the desert habitat and the museum’s fascinating exhibits, including Desert Grassland, Life on the Rocks, the Cat Canyon, and the Desert Loop Trail.
2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, Phone: 520-883-1380
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park is best known as the home to the giant saguaro cactus, a symbol of the American West.
Saguaros are found only in a very small part of the United States and are therefore fiercely protected.
The park extends to the Tucson Mountain District, which is home to the coyote, desert tortoise, and Gambel’s quail. It also reaches the Rincon Mountain District, where the pine and mixed conifer forest provides shelter to black bears, Arizona mountain king snakes, Mexican spotted owls, and white-tailed deer.
A visit to this fascinating park is one of the best things to do in Tucson AZ. The park’s mission is to protect all species of the Sonoran desert through research, education, and conservation. The park has a number of guided tours and interpretative programs for visitors.
Tohono Chul Park
Tohono Chul Park is a 49-acre botanical garden, cultural museum, and nature preserve. Tohono Chul means “desert corner” in the language of the indigenous Tohono O’odham people of southern Arizona.
Located in Casas Adobes, a suburb of Tucson, the objective of Tohono Chul Park is to teach visitors about the art, culture, and nature of the Sonoran Desert area, allowing them to better appreciate and enjoy everything the area has to offer. If you are wondering what to do in Tucson with kids, this is a great place to visit.
With the Santa Catalina Mountains in the background, the park is a truly beautiful place, and is also home to various types of wildlife like birds, bobcats, and the reptilian Gila monsters. Some of the exhibits include Desert Palm Oasis, Ethnobotanical Garden, Geology Wall, Riparian Habitat, and Sonoran Seasons Garden.
7366 North Paseo Del Norte, Tucson, Arizona, Phone: 520-742-6455
Sabino Canyon is a large canyon located north of Tucson in the Coronado National Forest and the Santa Catalina Mountains. Sabino Creek runs through the canyon, making it a popular place to experience a cooling reprieve from the desert and enjoy the pools and waterfalls.
From the parking area, guests can walk, bicycle, or take a tram to reach the Upper Sabino Canyon. The road through the canyon meanders alongside soaring mountains and across the creek via several bridges. The park is home to fascinating wildlife species, including deer, javelina, mountain lions, rattlesnakes, skunks, and tortoises.
5900 North Sabino Canyon Road, Tucson, AZ, Phone: 520-749-8700