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Biosphere 2

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Biosphere 2Biosphere 2, under the management of The University of Arizona, is located north of Tucson — 35 miles and less than one hour from Lodge on the Desert’s front driveway — at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The world’s largest glass-enclosed mini-world sits on a 4,000 foot-ridge, surrounded by magnificent natural desert preserve. Time Life Books recently named Biosphere 2 one of the 50 must see “Wonders of the World.” See why visitors from around the globe journey here to experience this unique adventure. You should too! Discover real-time research on earth’s future as it unfolds in this specially-designed one-of-a-kind facility.

The visitor center houses numerous exhibits, including the recently-added Phoenix Mars Lander, and multi-media displays along with a Bookstore and Café and main theater which features a movie describing the past, present and future of the Biosphere 2 project. The ‘under glass’ tour showcases the beautiful trail system that lets you smell the ocean and experience a tropical Rainforest up close. Additionally the tour takes visitors through the basement “technosphere” and into the amazing lungs that help the Biosphere system breathe. The tour concludes in the custom-built underwater ocean viewing gallery where guests can explore the million-gallon ocean and its real coral reef.

Biosphere 2 is open from 9 AM to 4 PM every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. No reservations are required. You can contact 520.838.6200 for more information.

Before you discover first hand all that is extraordinary about Biosphere 2, first make your guest room reservations at Lodge on the Desert. Sure, there are closer accommodations to this unique destination attraction, but Lodge on the Desert is renowned for its convenient mid-town location… accessible with equal ease to ALL Southern Arizona points of interest in every direction. There’s a lot from which to choose!

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