Biosphere 2 is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. No reservations required. Call for rates, hours, directions or information about group tours. For your walking tour of Biosphere 2, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes and a hat. Wheelchairs and strollers are available. Sorry, no pets allowed. Biosphere 2 is located 20 minutes north of Tucson, Oracle Road / Highway 77 at mile marker 96.5.
Founded in 1880 and nestled in the mile-high Mule Mountains of Southeastern Arizona, 90 miles from Tucson, Bisbee was a booming mining community with one of the richest mineral deposits in the world. Bisbee, once the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco, bustled with miners, shopkeepers, rollicking nightlife, and even its own stock exchange. Today the city still reflects old world charm and culture, as well as good times from that bygone era.
The Bisbee Visitor Center #2 Copper Queen Plaza PO Box 1642, Bisbee, AZ 85603 520-432-3554 866-2BISBEE www.discoverbisbee.com
In November 1974 two young cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, were exploring the limestone hills at the base of the Whetstone Mountains. In the bottom of a sinkhole they found a narrow crack leading into the hillside. Warm, moist air flowed out, signaling the existence of a cave. After several hours of crawling, they entered a pristine cavern.
The cave's existence became public knowledge in 1988, when its purchase was approved as an Arizona State Park. Extraordinary precautions have been taken during its development to conserve the cave's near-pristine condition.
Benson is known as the "Gateway to Kartchner Caverns State Park". Just a few miles south of Benson on Highway 90, the park is a popular destination for visitors.
Modern, open-pit copper mine tours. Discover our award-winning exhibit center, video theater, cactus garden, and picnic area. Experience a tour of the Asarco Mission Mine. Stand at the edge of the open-pit mine, then walk into the mill. Shop the Company Store gift shop for Southwestern arts and crafts by local artisans, silver, copper, and Native American jewelry.
The first person lived in Colossal Cave Mountain Park over a thousand years ago. Around 900 A.D. the Hohokam Indians formed a thriving community, farming in the valley below Colossal Cave - on what today is La Posta Quemada Ranch - and using the Cave itself for shelter, storage, and as a shrine. Later the Sobaipuri, among other Indian peoples, found a home here.
In the 1880's, when the Ranch was a stagecoach station, the owner "discovered" the Cave; soon after, train robbers used both Cave and Ranch as hideouts. In the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps were housed on La Posta Quemada Ranch while they constructed the handsome dressed-limestone Colossal Cave headquarters buildings, and the walkways and handrails inside the Cave.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail Vail, AZ 95641 520-647-7275 www.colossalcave.com
From headliner concerts, performances and live boxing at our Diamond Center, to weekly karaoke and live entertainment in our Sports Lounge, you'll enjoy much more than just gaming excitement at Desert Diamond Casino.
Desert Diamond Casino is operated by the Tohono O'odham Nation and proceeds benefit the lives of all the people of Southern Arizona. Gaming creates an abundance of jobs, training and career opportunities with more than 1500 people employed at our two casinos. It generates much-needed funds for essential services in the Nation, millions of dollars of donations to worthy charities and tax dollars to the state.
Twelve thousand years ago, Columbian mammoth roamed here. About 1200 A.D., irrigation dams were placed in the creek by the Hohokam Indians. In the 1870's, pony soldiers from Fort Lowell enjoyed horseback excursions to the "ol' swimmin' hole" still in use today. In the 1930's, 180 C.C.C. workers built bridges and 3.8 miles of road up into the Santa Catalina Mountains. Many varieties of birds, deer, and other animals make their home here in the Coronado National Forest. Hiking trails and picnic areas abound in the canyon.
Sabino Canyon Tours, Inc. 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. Tucson, AZ 85750 520-749-2861
Founded as a silver mining boom town in 1879 by Ed Schieffelin, Tombstone is a Registered National Historic Lankmark and home to historic attractions like the Crystal Palace Saloon, the World's Largest Rose Tree, the Bird Cage Theatre, Boothill Graveyard, 1882 Cochise County Courthouse, Big Nose Kate's Saloon and the O.K. Corral.
Tombstone Chamber of Commerce PO Box 995, Tombstone, AZ 85638 888-457-3929 520-457-9317 www.tombstone.org
Located in the Quinlan Mountains of the Sonoran Desert, only a 90 minute scenic drive from Tucson. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy your day on top of 6,875-foot Kitt Peak. Whether you're a beginner or advanced astronomer, Kitt Peak has a program for you.
Wander the grounds or sign up for a guided tour. This is one of the most fascinating and educational spots that our area has to offer. Kitt Peak is a world renowned cluster of observatories, often featured on TV.
Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center 520-318-8200 — Recorded Information 520-318-8726 — Information and Reservations www.noao.edu
The Pima Air and Space Museum is a world-class aerospace attraction located in Tucson, Arizona. With over two hundred of the most important aircraft in the history of flight, including President Kennedy's Air Force One and the SR-71 Blackbird Spyplane, the Pima Air and Space Museum is a top tier Southern Arizona destination.
The Pima Air and Space Museum On Valencia between I-10 and Kolb Tucson, AZ 520-574-0462 www.pimaair.org
Although we call it a museum, you will find it is really part zoo, part museum, and part botanical garden. No matter what your age or where you live, there's no better place on the planet to learn about the desert ecosystem and delight your senses at the same time.
A short distance from the entrance, you'll find yourself on winding pathways, surrounded by a lush desert habitat populated by mountain lions, lizards, hawks, and hummingbirds. Millions of visitors from around the world have marveled at our exhibits that accurately depict the fauna, flora, and wealth of minerals found in the natural setting of the vast and beautiful Sonoran Desert.
Chiricahua National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service located in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona. It is famous for its extensive vertical rock formations. It was created on April 18, 1924. The national monument also preserves the Faraway Ranch, owned at one time by Swedish immigrants Neil and Emma Erickson.
The monument is located approximately 36 miles (58 km) southeast of Willcox, Arizona. Geologists believe that it preserves the remains of an immense volcanic eruption that shook the region some 27 million years ago. The thick white-hot ash spewed forth from the nearby Turkey Creek Caldera. A "wonderland of rocks" is waiting for you to explore!