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Tucson Area Attractions

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Colossal Cave Mountain Park

This desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has been home, shrine, hideout, challenging workplace, exciting playground, tranquil retreat. On the National Historic Register, the 2,000-acre Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch.

16721 E. Old Spanish Trail Vail, AZ 85641 (520) 647-7275 (520) 647-7121

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Guided cave tours, Discovery Center, interactive displays, theater with video program, gifts shop, restrooms, telephones, food vending machines, lockers, amphitheater. Shaded ramadas and outdoor dining area at the Discovery Center. Hiking and Walking trails.

P.O. Box 1849 Benson, AZ 85602 (520) 586-4100 (520) 586-2283 (reservations)

Sabino Canyon Recreational Area

5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 749-8700 17 minutes; 10 miles

Saguaro National Park East

The Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park ranges from an elevation of 2,670 ft to 8,666 ft and contains 6 biotic communities. The biotic communities (starting from the lowest elevation) include desert scrub, desert grassland, oak woodland, pine-oak woodland, pine forest and mixed conifer forest. The Rincon Mountains peak at a considerably higher elevation than the Tucson Mountains, therefore there are more biotic communities and increased plant and wildlife diversity. Because of the higher elevation in the Rincons, animals like the black bear, Mexican spotted owl, Arizona mountain king snake, and white-tailed deer live in this district.

3693 South Old Spanish Trail Tucson, AZ 85730-5601 (520) 733-5158 25 minutes; 12.1

Saguaro National Park West

The Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park ranges from an elevation of 2,180 ft to 4,687 ft and contains 2 biotic communities, desert scrub, and desert grassland. Average annual precipitation is approximately 10.27 in. Common wildlife include the coyote, Gambel’s quail, and desert tortoise.

2700 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743 (520) 733-5158 37 minutes; 18.7 miles

Tohono Chul Park

A scenic 49-acre desert preserve and center of nature, arts and culture. Enjoy three art galleries, Tea Room for breakfast, lunch and high tea, nature trails, gardens and unique gift shops.

7366 N. Paseo del Norte Tucson, AZ 85704 (520) 742-6455 23 minutes; 11.7 miles

Tucson Botanical Gardens

An urban oasis of 5+ acres with 15 specialty gardens that surround visitors with beauty and inspiration.

2150 N. Alvernon Way Tucson, AZ 85712 (520) 326-9686 4 minutes; 1.6 miles