Tohono Chul Park

Administration: 742.6455; Garden Bistro restaurant: 333.9209

Located west of Oracle Road and north of Ina Road at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Tohono Chul is a 49 acre desert preserve established to promote the preservation of arid regions and provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the desert. Self-guided tours take visitors along nature trails, to display gardens, cactus ramadas, and a greenhouse. A restaurant, art gallery with changing exhibits, and gift shops are also on the grounds. Watch for special events. Admission fee.

 

Sabino Canyon

520-749-2327

Located on the northeast side of Tucson, near the intersection of Sabino Canyon Road and Sunset Drive. This picturesque site features a visitor center with exhibits that explain the geology, history, and nature lore of the region, a marked nature trail, hiking trails, narrated shuttle tram rides up and down the canyon, and picnic areas along a tumbling stream. Admission fee.

Drachman Agua Caliente Park

Located on the northeast side of Tucson at 12325 E. Roger Road. Go east on Tanque Verde past Houghton Road and north on Soldiers Trail. Mountain views, towering palms, and a small lake are the centerpieces of this amazing oasis. Feed the ducks and watch the fish that are at home in the hot spring for which the park is named. No admission fee.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

520.883.2702
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Located 14 miles west of Tucson in Tucson Mountain Park at 2021 N. Kinney Road. Take Speedway west and follow the signs. This internationally famous “living” museum houses over 1300 kinds of plants and 300 species of animals that live in enclosures designed to replicate their natural habitat. Docents lead walking tours and give live demonstrations with plants and animals. Wheelchair accessible. Admission fee (members free).

Oracle State Park

520.896.2425

Located on Mount Lemmon Road in Oracle, the park contains many hiking trails, picnic and group use areas, the Center for Environmental Education, ramadas, the Arizona Trail, and the historic Kannally Ranch House. Tours are conducted on weekends. Call for current schedule. Admission fee.