Southern A R I Z O N A
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK
Th e area is home of the nation’s largest
cacti. Saguaro National Park has two
districts - East and West - that are separated
by Tucson. It takes 30-45 minutes to go
between the two districts. Don’t worry, your
pass is good at both locations for 7 days
from the date of purchase. Each district has
a variety of ranger led, guided programs. nps.
ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM
Th is is an indoor and outdoor experience,
best seen in a full day. Exhibits, gardens, live
animal presentations, an aquarium, demos and
tours await your family. desertmuseum.org.
PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
Th e museum is one of the largest non-government
museums in the world. It features over 350
historical aircrafts, from a Wright Flyer to a
787 Dreamliner. Docent-led walking tours
and museum ground Tram Tours are off ered
daily. Th e museum operates bus tours of the
2,600-acre “Aircraft Boneyard”/U.S. military
and government aircraft storage facility
(10-business day advanced reservations
required, tour off ered Monday-Friday,
non-federal holidays only). pimaair.org.
TUCSON BOTANICAL GARDENS
Specialty gardens such as the Cactus &
Succulent Garden, Barrio Garden and Herb
Garden highlight the state’s native plants.
Tropical butterfl ies from around the world
are featured in the Cox Butterfl y & Orchid
Pavilion October through May. Experience
funded aviation and space
This stunning desert region of the
state is home to a wine country
that boasts dozens of vineyards,
some of the world’s largest
saguaros and the most beautiful
fl ora and fauna. History is honored
and preserved here. Visit
ghost towns and Western spots
where history was made. Mining
is the reason the area was settled
and you can descend any number
of preserved mines to learn about
the fever that brought people to
the state from around the world.
From outlaws to military history
to the best stargazing spots you’ll
ever fi nd, Southern Arizona will
keep all the family members
Yuma Crossing Picacho
SOU T H E R N
Rio Rico Coronado
L E G E N D
Parks & Monuments
Points of Interest
year-round tours, community events, classes,
and art exhibits. tucsonbotanical.org.
SEVEN FALLS TRAILHEAD
Th e trail is in the Sabino Canyon area. Late
winter or early spring is the best time to
hike it because you can see the falls at their
best and creek will be full. Th is is a popular
spot, so hiking earlier on a weekday is best.
Reminder to pace yourself, take water, food
and swimming gear if you want to try out
the creek. fs.usda.gov/coronado/.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM TUCSON
In the Tucson Convention Center District,
this museum has 17,000 square feet and 13
exhibit areas fi lled with components that encourage
kids to build, create, imagine, explore
and discover. childrensmuseumtucson.org.
OLD TUCSON WESTERN EXPERIENCES
Th is park will delight any age visitor! Th e
park off ers fi lm history tours, Old West
tours, musicals, rides, games, dining and
KITT PEAK NATIONAL OBSERVATORY
Home to one of the largest arrays of optical
and radio telescopes in the world. Th e
Visitor Center programs are open through
daytime guided tours and a variety of evening
stargazing programs. Located on the
Tohono O’odham Nation, it is important to
respect this cultural heritage while visiting.
REID PARK ZOO
Th e zoo off ers a train, carousel, Giraff e
Encounter and other demos and activities
geared for children. reidparkzoo.org.
Bisbee Séance Room
Drop in for a fun-fi lled evening full of
paranormal entertainment. In the most
haunted town in America. Enjoy the history
of the town’s ghosts and a theatrical séance.
Don a hard hat, yellow slicker and miner’s
headlamp and descend into the Queen
Mine. Tour guides lead the group 1,500 into
the mine. queenminetour.com.
Check out the town’s shopping district for