7-Day Southern Arizona Tour



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Tucson has a lot going for to be sure, but so does southeast Arizona. There's a mix of Old West, historic mining towns, some of the best birding in the country, excellent golf, Spanish Colonial history, and of course, there is always the beautiful scenery. While Tucson itself sits smack in the Sonoran Desert, much of southeast Arizona is covered in rolling savanna grasslands. This trip is a 7-day jaunt around this beautiful region.

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Day 1 - Tucson, Hereford, Benson


Start your day in Tucson at the Pima Air and Space Museum. From there hit Interstate 10 heading east to Highway 90. Kartchner Carverns State Park is a few miles south of I-10. Both the air and space museum and the caverns are a must see for any visit to the region. From the caverns, continue south through the town of Sierra Vista to Ramsey Canyon. Spend the night at the nearby Casa San Pedro Bed and Breakfast.


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Pima Air and Space Museum

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Location:

6000 E. Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85706

Contact:

tel: 520 574 0462
fax: 520- 574 9238


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Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Location:

290 Ramsey Canyon Road
The Nature Conservancy
Hereford, AZ 85615

Contact:

tel: 520 378 2785
fax: +1 520 378 2785


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Arizona Folklore Preserve

Location:

44 Ramsey Canyon Road
Hereford, AZ 85615

Contact:

tel: 520 378 6165


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Kartchner Caverns State Park

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Location:

Highway 90
(9 miles south of Interstate 10)
Benson, AZ 85602

Contact:

tel: 520 586 2283 (Reservations) / 520 586 4100 (Information)


Day 2 - Sierra Vista


Start the day with a walk along the San Pedro River, which offers some of the best birding in the country. Afterwards, head into nearby Bisbee. This charming town has rich history in mining, but has become an arts Mecca over the last 20 years. Spend the night at the historic Copper Queen Hotel, though the Bisbee Grand Hotel is just as nice and nearly as historic. Alternatively, spend the next two nights at the Casa San Pedro Bed and Breakfast.


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San Pedro River

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Location:

AZ Highway 90
Sierra Vista, AZ 85634

Contact:

tel: +1 520 417 6960


Day 3 - Tombstone


Head north from Bisbee for a 20-mile drive into Tombstone and spend the day exploring the Old West. Head back to Bisbee in the evening.


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O.K. Corral

Location:

308 East Allen Street
Tombstone, AZ 85638

Contact:

tel: 520 457 3456


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Tombstone

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Location:

Arizona Highway 80
(70 miles southeast of Tucson on AZ Hwy 80)
Tombstone, AZ 85638

Contact:

tel: 520 457 9317 / +1 888 457 3929 (Tombstone Chamber of Commerce)


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Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Location:

P.O. Pox 216
219 Toughnut Street
Tombstone, AZ 85638

Contact:

tel: 520-457-331


Day 4 - Sonoita, Tumacacori


You will spend some time in the car today, but you will be driving through some beautiful country. Start the day with a morning hike along the San Pedro. This time explore the area around the ghost town of Fairbank, northwest of Tombstone. You will find well-developed trails along the river. From there, head west to the little town of Sonoita and lunch at Café Sonoita. From Sonoita, you will head south to the border town of Nogales before heading north again to the Tumacacori National Historic Park. Have dinner at the nearby Wisdom Café and spend the night at Esplendor Resort Rio Rico.


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Cafe Sonoita

Location:

3280 AZ Highway
Sonoita, AZ 85637

Contact:

tel: 520 455 5278


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Tumacacori National Historic Park

Location:

1891 East Frontage Road
(Tumacacori exit off I-19)
Tumacacori, AZ 85640

Contact:

tel: 520 398 2341
fax: 520- 398 9271


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Wisdom's Cafe

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Location:

1931 East Frontage Road
Tumacacori, AZ 85643

Contact:

tel: 520 398 2397


Day 5 - Tubac


Spend today shopping and touring historic Tubac.


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Tubac

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Location:

Interstate 19
(Tubac exit off I-19; 45 miles south of Tucson)
Tubac, AZ 85646

Contact:

tel: 520 398 2704 (Tubac Chamber of Commerce)


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Tubac Golf Resort

Location:

1 Avenue de Otero
Tubac, AZ 85646

Contact:

tel: 520-398-2211
fax: +1 520 398 9261


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Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Location:

P.O. Box 1296
Tubac, AZ 85646

Contact:

tel: 520-398-2252


Day 6 - Tucson, Sahuarita


You will be heading back to Tucson today, but first check out the Titan Missile Museum and the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center. Desert Diamond Casino offers the chance to do a little gambling before heading up to Mission San Xavier del Bac, another must see for any visit to Tucson. Spend the night at the Riverpark Inn near downtown Tucson.


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Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Location:

1950 W. San Xavier Rd
Tucson, AZ 85746

Contact:

tel: 520 294 2624
fax: +1 520 294 3438


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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

Location:

1421 West Pima Mine Road
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Contact:

tel: 520 625 7513
fax: 520- 625 4756


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Desert Diamond Casino

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Location:

, 85734

Contact:

tel: 520 294 7777


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Titan Missile Museum

Location:

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd
Sahuarita (Exit 69 off I-19)
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Contact:

tel: 520 625 7736


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Riverpark Inn

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Location:

350 S Freeway Rd
Tucson, AZ 85745

Contact:

tel: 520-622-6611
fax: 520.622.8143


Day 7 - Tucson


Today you will head over the Tucson Mountains to hit a couple more must sees: the Arizona Desert Museum and the Saguaro National Park. If you head back to Tucson late in the day so you can watch the sunset from Gates Pass. Then head back into downtown for dinner at Café Poca Cosa and another night at the Riverpark Inn.


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Gates Pass

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Location:

Gates Pass Road
Tucson, AZ 85743

Contact:

tel: +1 520 624 1817
fax: +1 520 884 7804


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Ironwood Terraces and Ocotillo Cafe

Location:

2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743

Contact:

tel: 520 883 1380
fax: 520 883 1380


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Café Poca Cosa

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Location:

110 E. Pennington
Tucson, AZ 85701

Contact:

tel: 520 622 6400


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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Location:

2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743

Contact:

tel: 520 883 1380


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Saguaro National Park

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Location:

2700 North Kinney Road (Westside)
Heidi Schewel 3693 South Old Spanish Trail (Eastside)
Tucson, AZ 85743

Contact:

tel: 520 749 7720


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