4th Avenue Trolley
520-792-1802 for info
The rail system includes some of the original tracks used from 1906-1930 to
carry passengers from downtown Tucson to U of A. The transportation museum
is all-volunteer & non-profit. Visit this historic rail today.
Arizona Historical Society (AHS)
949 E 2nd Street
Features period rooms, mine shaft replica & photo exhibits. Self guided
tours. Children's exhibits. AHS was established when Arizona was a
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N Kinney Road
Located in the Saguaro National Park, the museum provides impressive
natural habitat exhibits of Sonoran Desert animals, plants, and ecology. A
desert landscape garden is also displayed. Live animal demonstrations and
guided tours. 7:30am - 6pm daily. A HoT SpoT destination.
Arizona State Museum
E of UA Main Gate
Exhibits of prehistoric and modern Native American pottery and artifacts.
The museum has a gift shop.
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9am-5pm
The only place in The Copper State where the public can get an inside look at a modern, working copper mine. Located half-way between the San
Xavier Mission and the Titan Missile Museum
Biosphere 2 Center
30 Minutes N of Tucson
800-828-2462 for info
Features tours, restaurant, gift shops, hotel & conference center. Come
explore Planet Earth!
This former boomtown of the 1800's is filled with Victorian buildings such
as the restored Copper Queen Hotel. Underground tours of copper mines are
available. A HoT SpoT activity.
Catalina State Park
12 mi N of Tucson
5,000 acre desert park at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Picnic
areas, equestrian facilities, hiking trails. An archaeological site of an
ancient Hohokam Indian village is located at the park. A HoT SpoT fun
Chiracahua National Monument
near Douglas or Willcox
Extraordinary erosion carved rock formations in a setting of beautiful
piney mountains. Campsites and more than 17 miles of hiking/horseback
trails are featured in this "Land of the Standing Rocks" which have been
home to notable figures such as Geronimo and Cochise. A HoT SpoT to spend a
Old Spanish Trail
20 miles E of Tucson near Benson
Daily tours are offered at this large limestone cave which was formerly
used as a hideout by Indians & desperados. A HoT SpoT destination.
S of Tucson near Mexico border
Coronado National Memorial
A primitive cave, worth the effort. Enjoy cool temperatures and calcite
formations at this HoT SpoT destination.
near Sierra Vista
Once an important territorial outpost, the fort is now a strategic
communications base for the US Army. There are to museums open to the
public. The Main Museum provides a history of the post while the
Intelligence Museum records Ft Huachuca's history in US Army intelligence.
International Wildlife Museum
4800 W Gates Pass Road
More than 290 species of animals from around the world are displayed in the
museum which also houses a restaurant, theatre, and gift shop. Open daily
9am - 5pm.
Kitt Peak National Observatory
50 miles SW of Tucson
Scenic home of the McNarth solar telescope & the National Optical
Astronomical Observatories. The observatory has picnic areas and a gift
Old Tucson Studios
A western film location which features daily shoot-outs, games and rides.
The studio was destroyed by fire in 1995 and has been rebuilt. Open daily
10am - 6pm. A HoT SpoT Arizona attraction.
Patagonia Lake State Park
S of Tucson
Hiking, camping, fishing, swimming - rent a paddle boat or canoe. Riparian
excellence in Arizona's Southeast Desert region.
Phone Line Trail
A view of Sabino Canon seldom seen by visitors. 4 * mile trail. Ask for
directions at Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.