Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

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In Tucson, just after a rainfall, the desert smells like creosote and sage. Explore higher in the red rock mountains that ring this city, and the towering saguaros point the way into a landscape where jackrabbits and prairie dogs cool off in the shade of mesquite trees, javelinas leave tracks in the sand, and the wind carries the scent of pine and the buzzing of bees. Here the boulders reveal ancient petroglyphs, the age-old secrets of the Hohokam Indians, “the vanished ones,” who disappeared, leaving behind only cliff dwellings, rock designs, and pottery shards. Tucson’s landscape is like that. The subtle shades and variations pull you into its legends and lore. In this town you will learn of cowboys, cactus, and Native American culture, and enjoy some special museums. This eTrail is a complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions.

Tucson, Arizona Professional Review and Guide

"In Tucson, just after a rainfall, the desert smells like creosote and sage. Explore higher in the red rock mountains that ring this city, and the towering saguaros point the way into a landscape where jackrabbits and prairie dogs cool off in the shade of mesquite trees, javelinas leave tracks in the sand, and the wind carries the scent of pine and the buzzing of bees. Here the boulders reveal ancient petroglyphs, the age-old secrets of the Hohokam Indians, “the vanished ones,” who disappeared, leaving behind only cliff dwellings, rock designs, and pottery shards.

Tucson’s landscape is like that. The subtle shades and variations pull you into its legends and lore. In this town you will learn of cowboys, cactus, and Native American culture, and enjoy some special museums. This eTrail is a complete vacation written with families in mind. It’s loaded with exciting things to do, family-friendly places to lodge and dine, recommended side trips, local sources of information, and detailed travel directions."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Duration: Up to a week's worth of fun.
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Tucson, Arizona

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May 2018