Things to do in Tucson, Arizona
Staying in Tucson for a couple days before or after Mindcamp Southwest? There are so many things to do in the desert in the winter. Check out our list of suggestions, below. As always, if you need additional help, suggestions, or ideas feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Physical Activity & Southwestern-style Nature
The geography of Tucson allows for beautiful, warm weather hikes and skiing, all in the same day. Which activity (or activities) will you choose?
Hike or take the tram into Sabino Canyon, a desert oasis located in Coronado National Forest—During the winter and summer rainy seasons, pools of water form in rocky outcroppings that wind up among hillsides resplendent with Palo Verde trees, Cholla and Prickly Pear cactus and graceful groves of Ocotillo.
Get your fill of Saguaro Cacti at Saguaro National Park (East or West)—Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation's largest cacti and the universal symbol of the American Southwest: the giant saguaro.
Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a natural history museum combining live animal exhibits & demonstrations with botanical gardens.
Want to know about even more places to hike in Tucson, check out AllTraills-Tucson for all your hiking needs.
Out of this World
Looking to expand your horizons and learn more about the world above and around us?
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. The museum features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres on a campus occupying 127 acres.
Drive through the forests of ocotillos to the Kitt Peak National Observatory, home of the largest array of optical and radio telescopes in the world! Though you may be prone to just look up to the sky, make sure you look around, too. The Observatory overlooks the desert valley and the Tucson and Mexican mountains, you can see for miles!
Check out Biosphere 2, right down the road from Mindcamp Southwest and the Historic C.O.D. Ranch. Biosphere 2 serves as a unique large-scale experimental apparatus housing seven model ecosystems with active research by teams of multidisciplinary scientists.