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    Winter Sunset from North Campbell Rd.

    by toddecus Written Mar 18, 2011

    This is a view I caught of Tucson on a cloudy December day. These beautiful sunsets are common and a part of living in Tucson. Only place I have seen something comparable is Key West.
    You can view the sunsets from anywhere along Skyline road and really catch the majesty of the whole thing. Enjoy!

    View of Mountains and sunset in Tucson Sunset View of the City Sunset View of Tucson View of Palmtree against Sunset Mountains and palm tree as sun sets.
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    Gates Pass Senic View

    by toddecus Written Mar 18, 2011

    Definitely one of the interesting views of the desert is from the look out at Gates Pass. This is the mountain range West of downtown tucson and is the drive you go through to visit Old Tucson or Desert Museum. I think the look out closes at dark, but it is spectacular for sunrise and sunset.

    View West from the Pass View of East from the pass An old rock building up the hill Park closes at dusk Tucson from Gates Pass
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    Run-Down of Annual Tucson Things to Do

    by bocmaxima Written Jan 3, 2011

    There are some of the bigger and better festivals around Tucson each year. There are, of course, many others (too many to list) though.

    - Tucson Gem & Mineral Showcase (or a derivation of that name): Early February
    You'll read some information online about the show being restricted to wholesalers. There are restricted areas, but much of it is open. My favorite sites to visit or along the west side of I-10 near Congress and at Tucson Electric Park (soon to be called Kino Stadium) on Ajo near I-10. This is the only reason many people come to Tucson as it's one of the most important gem shows in the world.

    - La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson Rodeo): Mid-February
    Tucson is the only place I know of where schools get out for the local rodeo. Even the community college has a couple of days off for it. There is a parade, sporting events, music and a fair atmosphere, all at the rodeo grounds on South Sixth Avenue.

    - Tucson Meet Yourself: Mid-March
    Playfully referred to locally as "Tucson Eat Yourself." It's mostly food from various international vendors, but is also dance, music and other cultural performances from the various cultures and ethnicities that make up Tucson. Definitely come for the food though.

    - Pima County Fair: Mid-April
    I'm not much for fairs, so it wasn't until I got a gig playing here with a band that I actually came. I have to say that this is a really good fair and they often get some very good musical acts coming through - not just myself ;).

    - Tucson Folk Festival: Late April
    One of the more well-organized and better music festivals in the city. Local, regional and international acts perform at a two-day, mostly free, mostly outdoors festival in Downtown Tucson.

    - Dia de los Muertos: Early November
    Although the day is sometimes regarded as the "Mexican version of Halloween," it is actually much more serious and mature as it is a time to remember all those in your life who have passed on. You can watch or you can march along with the procession as it leaves from the intersection of 4th Avenue and University Blvd. Anyone can march. Most who do wear make-up and/or dress up in solemn, mostly black, costumes.

    - El Tour de Tucson: Early December
    One of the better regarded bicycle races in the country. Tucson's intense bike culture comes into full bloom at this race. Get to the TCC early on Saturday morning to see them off and get back toward evening to see them return. Anyone can enter (for a price), but you better train for it. If visiting during this time, also be sure to check for road closures in the area. There are quite a few, and it's annoying to get stuck in them.

    - Winterhaven Festival of Lights: Late December
    There are two driving days during the festival, both just before Christmas. As a former Winterhaven resident, I would strongly encourage you to not visit Winterhaven on those nights. It's just not fun. It's best to walk it, strolling along the wide streets in between spectacular light shows. Great for kids, but just as great for adults. Hayrides with hot cider are available at the Christmas Avenue (off Fort Lowell) entrance.

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    Horseback Riding at Tanque Verde Ranch

    by starship Updated Sep 21, 2010

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    If you like horses and horseback riding, Tanque Verde Ranch just maybe the place for you! No matter what your skill level, you can participate in one of the daily rides as well as go on special rides for adults and children. Even though I have much more experience riding English style, Western riding is still a lot of fun. Horses are assigned to riders based on the person's size and sometimes on skill level.

    Just being around horses was heaven for me, but a real highlight was the "Breakfast Ride" to "The Homestead," a stopover up in the foothills. The terrain encountered on the Breakfast Ride was sometimes easy and sometimes treacherous if you know enough to be afraid of your horse falling. Most of the journey is on moderately sandy to very rocky and ascending terrain, but some of it can be quite steep and rutted. Always there is the reward of a great, hot, campfire breakfast after about 45 minutes of riding. The ranch hands used a wood-fired stove to cook blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, sausage, hashbrown potatoes, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.

    There is always opportunity to see wildlife and capture magnificent views of the desert wilderness on your rides--I saw my first jackrabbit on a ride. Mostly you pay attention to where you are going and what your horse is doing!

    Also available are loping rides and even calf-penning competitions! This gives you lots of opportunity to improve your riding skills and spend time with the horses.

    The thing that made me furious was seeing idiots who thought they could ride, but couldn't, treat their horses so badly -- pulling constantly on their horse's mouths and jerking the reins, and kicking the horses. If you know how to ride and know anything about horses, you know that being light-handed on the reins and doing a little bit of clucking will certainly give you the desired response in most cases.

    Leaving the paddock Getting ready to ride out on the trail A hot breakfast on the trail!!
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    Close up Marvel

    by kop-queen Updated Dec 22, 2009

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    The AZ Sonora Desert Museum deserves another mention and probably my favourite part was in the hummingbird aviary. So many varieties, so many colours! We watched the tiniest of birds sitting on a thimble sized nest, we saw a newly fledged (1st day out of the nest) being coaxed by "mum" to choose the right flower. We were "buzzed" as these delicate little creatures flew past within inches. Amazing.

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  • Great Blog for Tucson Activities and Day Trips

    by PapaMeat Written Aug 11, 2009

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    I'm an 8 year Tucson resident transplanted from Seattle and absolutely love it here. SAZ Lifestyle is a blog dedicated to the promotion of Tucson and Southern Arizona businesses, restaurants and activities. Check it out at www.sazlifestyle.com!

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    Titan II Missile Museum

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written May 20, 2009

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    The Titan II missile museum is a rare look at a cold-war icon: A Titan II Missile Silo and the support complex around it. After touring the museum you will watch a small film then head outside to tour the site. See the support equipment, the communications gear, get an education on the volatile fueling process. Before you head underground you will examine the massive blast doors that are welded half-open to prevent launch as party of the treaty signed with the Soviet Union.

    Inside you'll see where the crew lived and worked as well as the massive blast door protecting them from the outside world. You can view the missile from inside and get a feel for the size of it. The entire complex is on massive springs to protect against the shock of a direct hit from a nuclear weapon.

    This is an incredible tour that is way out of the ordinary for most people. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    Titan II Missile from Inside
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    Gem and Mineral Show

    by Basaic Updated Feb 10, 2009

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    Throughout the month of February Tucson hosts the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It is not just one show, however, and is a constantly changing show in a variety of locations. People come from all over the world to show gems, minerals, fossils and a variety of other items. I look forward to it because my cousin comes down from Berkeley and we have dinner together. The photos are from his display. The third photo is a 7 million year old skull of a huge hyena type animal. It can be yours for $12,000. His store is listed on VT under Berkeley Shopping Tips. The 2009 Gem and Mineral Show is kicking off the end of January and will last most of the way through February. The show is smaller this year due to the economy and prices are cheaper.

    Bone Room Display Display 7 million year old skull.
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    Meet the Locals

    by Basaic Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to meet the locals. Here are Kristin and Maggie from O'Malley's; Mary and Rosalie from the University of Arizona; and Teresa a very cute law student/waitress.

    Kristin and Maggie Mary and Rosalie Teresa
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    The Stadium

    by Basaic Written Aug 26, 2008

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    This is the stadium where the University of Arizona plays some of its games. They have a small museum called the Jim Click Hall of Champions which highlights the careers of famous Arizona sports stars. Admission is free. Hours are 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday and 12PM to 5PM Saturdays. The museum is closed on Sundays and holidays. Please note that the hours may change on game days.

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    The Quad

    by Basaic Written Aug 26, 2008

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    The University of Arizona has a nice strip of lawn through the main part of campus. It is a nice place to relax in the sun, play Frisbee, or whatever. The UA Campus is also the oldest continually-maintained green space in Arizona. More than 50 campus trees are the only existing specimens of their kind in the state. For more info, check out the website below.

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    Old Main

    by Basaic Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    Many years ago when the university first opened, students used to ride their horses to school and hitch them to the posts near the Main Building which is now called "Old Main". Old Main is located near the center of the campus. Note the blue emergency light in the right foreground of the picture. They have those spread throughout the campus so if there is a medical emergency or a student feels threatened they can push the button the light goes off and the Campus Police respond very quickly

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    University of Arizona Visitor's Center

    by Basaic Written Aug 26, 2008

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    Your first stop if you plan to visit the University of Arizona should be the Visitor's Center on the corner of University and Euclid. The friendly staff there will be happy to give you a brochure and a map and make recommendations to maximize your enjoyment of your visit. Parking is by meters so make sure you have quarters. 25 cents gets you 15 minutes. Visitor Center hours are 9AM to 5PM Monday through Friday. You will have to pay for parking; but it is not too expensive. The 2nd Street Garage is centrally located and costs no more than $7 for a full day. I think I paid $4 for about 3 hours.

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    Barnum Rock

    by AVG2319 Written Jul 16, 2008

    While driving to or from Mt Lemmon there are many spots to pull off and photograph. Barnum Rock as pictured was important to prevent the spread of wildfires in the early 1920's honorary Boy Scouts would be stationed on this rock to help the Forest Service be on a lookout for forest fires. Can you imagine being stationed out there? (it is the higher rock with least amount of trees on it)

    Barnum Rock
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    Bicycle tours of the Tucson Area

    by asburrows Updated Apr 6, 2008

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    This Spring I went on a week-long bike tour of the Sonoran desert. It was an organized, fully-supported ride, where you stay at lovely B&Bs and ranches, and the bicycle and all the food is provided. It is a wonderful way to see the desert, before it gets too hot. And the wildflowers were spectacular. I highly recommend looking into such a vacation. I traveled with Sojourn Active Vacations. You should give it a try!

    Cycling in the Saguaro National Park
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