Recreation & Lifestyle

Amenities For The Lifestyle You’ve Always Wanted

The Voyager Hotel and RV Resort offers several on-site services including salon services, physical therapy, a health clinic, pet grooming, mail service, bar and grill, and a market with access to an ATM. Explore Resort Amenities to see all there is to do at Voyager Resort. We want you to be part of our community!
Voyager Resort is community of active adults. Most of us have retired from some other life work. However we are too busy to call ourselves retired. Whether you swing your partner at one of our dances or swing your golf club at our 9-hole golf course, you are sure to have a pleasant stay. With so much to do, your social calendar can always be filled. Whether you want to swim, relax in the spa, join an exercise class or go hiking, golfing, biking, dancing, or sight-seeing, you will find others to join you at Voyager. VoyagerNews

Arts & Crafts

Explore Arts, Crafts & Creativity at Voyager Resort In Tucson

Acrylic Painting Introduction to acrylics.
Busy Hands Meet to complete items for distribution to various charities. Both men and women welcome.
Ceramics Employ a variety of techniques to create beautiful, fired ceramic objects, both decorative and useful. Beginners are always welcome.
Coloring Class Come color beautiful designs while you meet new friends, relax and enjoy this creative outlet.
Drawing Class Come to our Drawing class where you will learn how to use color in drawings or paintings.
Glass Fusion The basic idea behind fused glass is simply stacking two or more compatible glass layers together to make a design and melting them in a kiln. That simple idea is behind hundreds of techniques.
Lapidary Form stone, minerals, and gemstones into decorative items using the primary techniques of cutting, grinding, and polishing stones into the desired shape.
Machine Embroidery Show and share ideas with machine embroidery.
Nimblefingers Anyone who does handwork – knitting, crochet, sewing, cross stitch, or needlepoint is welcome to come, share ideas, socialize, and work on their own project or help with the group project for charity.
Oil Painting Open Studio for oils and mixed media
Open Sewing The Palo Verde Room has 3 machines and a cutting table that you are welcome to use for your own projects. Sign out the room key and bobbins in the Activity Office.
Polymer Clay Class Make beads or jewelry to be baked in an oven instead of a kiln.
Quilters Quilters of all levels meet to work on their own projects or on group quilts that are donated to various charities. Patterns, cutting tables, sewing machines, assistance, and occasional demonstrations are available.
Silvercraft Design and fabricate sterling silver jewelry and ornamental items.
Stained Glass Create stained glass projects using glass, copper foil, and solder with traditional techniques.
Stamping Make greeting cards and other projects using paper, inks, rubber stamps, punches, and other tools. We share ideas and inspirations and also provide cards for charitable organizations.
Watercolor Watercolor instruction at several levels gives you the opportunity to develop your talent. An open studio is also available periodically.
Wood Working Wood Carving classes include carving in relief and carving in the round. Wood Turning instructs how to make segmented and solid wooden bowls, wooden turned pens, and wine bottle stoppers.

Craft Shops

Voyager Craft Shops Offer Weekly Classes & Workshops

Ceramics Shop Add color and texture to greenware and prepare it for firing. Open Shop, Beginner, and Special Classes improve your skills and allow you to create unique projects.
Lapidary Shop Learn to cut and polish semi-precious stones to be mounted in rings, pendants, bola ties, belt buckles, etc. in the Beginner Class offered once a week. Open Shop is available the rest of the week. Lapidary instruction is suggested for those planning to take Silvercraft.
Silvercraft Shop Design and fabricate sterling silver jewelry. Beginner Class each week; Open Shop weekday mornings and afternoons. Prior lapidary instruction is suggested for those planning to take Silvercraft.
Stained Glass Shop Create a stained glass project using glass, copper foil, and solder as you learn necessary techniques in the Beginner Class offered once a week. Open Shop the rest of the week with instructors available to help you with new techniques.
Glass Fusion Create beautiful glass objects both decorative and useful. After the Monday afternoon 4-hour class, you will be able to enjoy Open Shop always supervised by our talented instructors.
Woodshop Use a fully equipped woodshop to create your own projects in wood. Open Shop weekday mornings and afternoons. Beginner and Advanced Classes are offered weekly.


C’mon – Strut Your Stuff!

Line Dance Various levels of Line Dance classes are offered two days per week during season.
Dances Monthly variety dances held during season. Tickets for these are sold in the Activity Office.
Square Dance Weekly Square Dance classes and workshops are offered at various levels. Mainstream and Plus dance held once a month.

Entertainment Schedule

2024 Voyager Wednesday Night Concert Series

12 shows January 10 through March 27 RESERVED SEATING Series Package- Resident Pricing: Gold $242 Silver $218 Copper $194 Individual Show tickets also available. Check with Activity Office for pricing


10th – Karen Hester as Dolly Parton A tribute to a legendary singer-songwriter, actress and philanthropist.

Karen Hester is one of the most sought after Dolly Parton Tribute artist in the world! Direct from Nashville, Ms. Hester sings the greatest hits by one of the most popular country artists of all time, featuring a live country band! 9 to 5, Here You Come Again, and I Will Always Love you – all of your favorite Dolly hits!

17th – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Tribute Love the One You’re With.

Five Way Street salutes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Enjoy all the hits while you hear about the history and evolution of America’s first “Super Group!” From “Marakesh Express” and “Helplessly Hoping”… to “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and beyond, it doesn’t get better than CSNY!!

24th – ABBAFab The #1 ABBA Tribute

ABBAFab is a stunning evening celebrating the music of ABBA. This multimedia production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 70s and 80s including monster hits such as Waterloo, Fernando, Honey Honey, Dancing Queen and countless others.

31st – Rock Me Gently The Very Best 70’s Singer/Songwriters.

From Jim Croce to Dan Fogelberg, and Carole King to James Taylor, ROCK ME GENTLY presents an unforgettable two hours of some of the greatest American music to come from the 1970’s.


7th – The Rave-Ons! A Musical Tribute to Buddy Holly

Don’t miss New Jersey based Todd Meredith and The Rave-Ons! This is a high-energy tribute to the popular hits of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. Todd Meredith has appeared nationally as Buddy Holly in over 15 productions including The National Tour of the Buddy Holly Story. The Rave-Ons have played standing ovations from NYC to Phoenix and headlines on cruise ships all over the world.

14th – Simply Olivia A Tribute to Olivia Newton John

All the great Olivia hits are in this show including Xanadu, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Let Me Be There, and many more. Aussie icon Olivia Newton-John sold over 100 million records, making her one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time! You don’t want to miss this show!

21st – Sandra Basset Motown Experience

With Sandra Bassett, the Motown Experience comes ALIVE! Sandra and her band will be performing the top Motown hits including Dancing in the Streets, Heatwave, Mr. Postman and all of your favorites! Don’t miss this chance for a magical evening with the Queen of Motown!

28th – Monroe Crossing Bluegrass Experience

Monroe Crossing performs an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, original bluegrass and some surprising selections outside the bluegrass genre. They have appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City! They are a favorite among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music.


6th – The Doobie Brothers Listen to the Music

“LISTEN TO THE MUSIC” is a SUPER Tribute show of the famous rock band “THE DOOBIE BROTHERS” back in the 70’s such as China Grove, What a Fool Believes, and many more! The Doobie Brothers were an American rock band formed in 1970 in San Jose, California. Known for their flexibility in performing across numerous genres and their vocal harmonies.

13th – Mirage Visions of Fleetwood Mac

Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac, has earned top honors among tribute artists – endorsed by AXSTV as one of “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” and heartily praised by the legendary Stevie Nicks. MIRAGE re-creates the classic lineup with a strong stage show and every detail to authenticity. From their custom wardrobe to spot on musical and vocal performances, MIRAGE takes you on a journey celebrating the BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC.

20th – Forever Everly The Everly Brothers Rockumentary

Forever Everly: The Everly Brothers Rockumentary, walks you right back to the iconic hits of The Everly Brothers and the sound that influenced generations to come all in one electrifying tribute show. Bye Bye Love, Hello FOREVER EVERLY

27th – The Best of Broadway Presented by Showtune Productions

Celebrate Broadway’s greatest hits featuring four powerhouse vocalists and a 10-piece orchestra. Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Carole King’s Beautiful, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more!


A (Aerobics) to Z (Zumba) Fitness & Exercise Programs At Voyager!

Aerobic Dance An aerobic class that is good for the heart and helps make exercising fun. Lots of variety in music including aerobic tapes shown on the big screen. High energy. A full hour with no floor work.
Aqua Boot Camp This very intense class is designed for those who wish to obtain a full cardiovascular workout while using the natural resistance of the water to help increase strength, power, endurance, and range of motion.
Aqua Zumba This is a great exercise experience for those who would like to take part in Zumba but with less impact. Come join the Zumba Aqua party!
Aquacise Exercise gently in a water environment with 34 exercises for flexibility and strength.
Aquafit Water aerobics cardiovascular workout recommended for arthritis sufferers.
Drumming Meditation Drumming and Shamanic Journey Meditation
Easy Stretch An easy half-hour stretch exercise class available every weekday. All levels welcome.
Lap Swim Lap swimming is sustained swimming exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes. During certain times of day the large pool is scheduled for lap swimmers only.
Strength & Stretch A coed exercise class using straps or weights for resistance. All muscle groups are addressed in the strengthening and stretching routine which includes a back and abdominal program.
Water Therapy Individual water therapy in the deep pool. No lap swim during this time.
Yoga A system of exercises for attaining control and well-being of the mind and body. Beginners/Gentle and Basic levels of Yoga are offered.
Zumba Come join the Zumba party! Zumba is a cardio exercise experience where you move to Latin music from cumbia, regation, musica, merengue, bachata, salsa and more!

Games & Cards

Anyone for Games? Come Join In On The Fun!

If playing cards or games are your thing, you have come to the right place! There are games going on every evening during season.
“500” Card Game “500” is a bidding card game played with partners, not as intense as Bridge but a lot more noisy and fun. It is not to be confused with “500” Rummy.
Bingo A game of chance played on a 25 numbered card where a line of randomly called numbers must be covered. Cards sell in multiples of 3. Jackpot paper cards are also available. Must be 18 years or older to play.
Bridge A card game played with partners and bidding. Several Bridge games are held weekly including Chicago Partners, Duplicate, Rubber Partners, and Rubber Party. Bridge instruction is also available at various levels.
Bunco A dice game with prizes.
Canasta A card game using multiple decks; cards are formed into melds.
Cribbage A card game scored on a Cribbage Board with pegs. Come with or without a partner – everyone will play.
Dominoes Mexican Train is a Dominoes game played with double 12 Dominoes; 4-6 people at a table.
Euchre A card game in which the side naming the trump must take 3 of 5 tricks to win. Singles are welcome.
Hearts A card game that is easy to learn and fun to play.
Mah Jongg Mah Jongg is a Chinese game played with tiles. Both Wright Patterson Military Rules and League format games are played weekly.
Nickel Bingo A Bingo game played with a deck of cards. Bring nickels for play.
Penny Poker Penny Poker has a 3 cent limit – dealer’s choice.
Pinochle Pinochle is a bidding card game using a special deck of cards.
Poker Poker games are played weeknights and a Poker Tournament is held once a week.
Poopsy A fun board game played with dice.
Scrabble A word game using tiles.
Sheepshead Card Party A card game with low-level gambling; 3-5 players per table.
Spades A game where Spades are always trump – usually played with partners but can be played Cut Throat. Each player bids the number of tricks they can make.


Voyager Offers A Variety Of Musical Groups & Events!

Our music groups are always looking for additional members. All levels of talent are welcome.
Belle Tones Long and short term singers are welcome to join this group of female singers who enjoy four-part barbershop harmony. The ability to read music is NOT required. Performances are scheduled at various resort functions.
Bluegrass Jam Session Join this fun-loving acoustic bluegrass jam session. The group sometimes performs as a band at Voyager functions.
Chapel Choir Join the Chapel Choir and sing Sundays at the Chapel service. Practice is held once a week – join anytime.
Music Jam Session Room is available for any acoustic instruments to jam during this time. This group may perform as a band at some Voyager functions.
Coyote Chorus Join the men’s chorus and sing Barbershop harmony at weekly sessions. Performances are scheduled for various resort functions throughout the season.
Dance Band Instrumental and vocal practice sessions playing popular standards with dance band focus.
Handbell Choir 3 levels offered – learn to play (previous musical experience not required), intermediate (previous experience required), and advanced (for the more experienced ringers). Occasional concerts are given within and outside the resort.
Native American Flute Circle Our flute circle is a big tent so all abilities are welcome! Come and play with our evening group or just listen and enjoy. Be inspired by others. We also offer free beginner (loaner flutes available) and intermediate NA flute lessons. Have fun playing with mics, foot pedals, and loopers.
Show Choir Auditioned singers and instrumentalists will perform Broadway show music, and possibly put on a show in the spring. We will try to have a balanced group of around 12 to 24 singers and two or three instrumentalists.
Ukulele Club Weekly gathering of advanced beginner (and up) ukulele players who know basic chords and strums. We try to learn a new chord progression or strum pattern each week, and we take turns choosing songs from the book, “The Daily Ukulele.” This book contains 365 songs specially chosen for the ukulele. While all are welcome, if you’ve never played before, you should consider first going to the Ukulele Lesson group.
Ukulele Jam Session for Intermediate/Advanced Players This jam is for ukulele only players who want to kick it up a notch. You should be comfortable playing complex chords in a fast paced setting. We’ll be using the yellow “Daily Ukulele” book in addition to PDF handouts.
Ukulele Lessons No musical background needed. Come join the fun!
Voyager Fun Band Weekly informal gathering of up to 55 folks who have a great time making music together. We love all kinds of instruments—guitars, mandolins, fiddles, ukuleles, harmonicas, washboards, keyboards, etc. You name it, we like it and we love all kinds of music! Each week we take turns picking tunes from a big songbook that we made, and when it’s your turn, you can lead the group or pass. No pressure. If you haven’t played in a long time or you’ve never played before and want to start, this group is for you. We don’t teach you how to play, but we have an excellent list of instructors. Come every week or just drop in when you can and be sure to bring your instrument and a music stand. Welcome home to Fun Band!

Special Events

Here’s A Peek At This Season!

Voyager 2023-2024 Highlights
  • Barbershop Spring Concert
  • Bi-Annual Yard Sales
  • Blood Drives
  • Bluegrass Jam Session with Monroe Crossing
  • Blues Night with the Bad News Blues Band
  • Car & Motorcycle Show
  • Catalina Room Concerts
  • Coffee & Donuts
  • Dinner Shows
  • Fashion Show and High Tea
  • Food Truck Roundups
  • Golf Tournament & Annual Banquet
  • Halloween Themed Golf Cart & Bicycle Parade
  • Health, Business and Non-Profit Fair
  • Holiday Caroling with Cookies and Cocoa
  • Holiday Golf Cart & Bicycle Parade followed by a Holiday Pajama Themed Dance with Reminiscence Band
  • Holiday Luncheon
  • Voyager Honky Tonk with DJ Tony
  • Hooray for Hollywood Themed Dance with Reminiscence Band
  • Hopelessly Devoted to You Grease Themed Valentines Dance with the RAW Band
  • Ice Cream Sundae Social
  • Karaoke
  • Salsa Themed Dance with Reminiscence Band
  • Mariachi Band
  • Mata Ortiz Pottery Exhibition
  • Meet the Voyager Clubs Event
  • Monthly Market Daze and Craft Fair
  • New Years Eve Black and White themed Dance with the Jukebox Junqies
  • Oktoberfest with the Bouncing Czechs Polka Band
  • Pancake Breakfasts
  • Pickleball Tournaments
  • Pinewood Derby
  • Potluck Dinners
  • Season Kick Off Luau Themed Party with The Rainy Daze Band
  • Share the Bounty Dance in support of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona with the Hardscrabble Road Band
  • Shiver Me Timbers Halloween Dance with the RAW Band
  • Show Choir Spring Concert
  • Southwest Flute Festival
  • Spuds & Salad
  • St. Patrick’s Day 1930’s Speakeasy Themed Dance with the Jukebox Junqies
  • State & Regional Parties
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon
  • Tombstone Themed End of Season Party with the Short Notice Band
  • Totally Tubular 80’s Themed Dance Party with the Hardscrabble Road Band
  • Volunteer Picnic
  • Voyager Barbershop Holiday Concert
  • Voyager Street Party
  • Waffle Bar with all the Toppings
  • Wednesday Night Concert Series

Special Interest

Enjoy The Camaraderie Of Our Special Interest Groups

AA Meeting Alcoholics Anonymous meets once a week at the Health Clinic.
Bible Study A Bible study group meeting once a week.
Bicycle Club Bike rides of 20-40 miles are scheduled twice weekly. Route is posted in advance; terrain varies and there are very few hills. Helmet required
Bicycle Desert Rides Bike rides in the desert ranging from 10-17 miles long. Must have a desert-friendly bike. Helmets required.
Book Discussion If you’re a reader and enjoy talking about books, come join the Book Discussion Group for a lively discussion.
Chapel Service An interdenominational service is held every Sunday morning in the Ballroom for a time of fellowship, praise and worship.
Community Cares For those living alone, ill, injured, or fragile that would appreciate a daily check for health and safety, this program can help meet that need. Volunteers check each day for the participant’s correct day-of-the-week card to be on display, and if not, will contact to confirm their condition.
Computer Resource Center If you need access to a computer, individual training, or help in solving computer problems, drop by the center. Hours of operation and services available are all on their website,
Contemporary Chapel Come and praise with our awesome Worship Band. Contemporary Chapel is an interdenominational service. Casual dress.
Current Events Lively discussion group that shares facts and perspectives of current events and economic issues.
Genealogy Learn about your family tree and exchange information with other searchers. A weekly gathering features round table discussions, guest speakers, classes, and field trips. A library of genealogy related books is available. A series of instructional classes is also offered during the season.
Great Decisions A national study/discussion group of some of the most important foreign policy issues facing the United States and every American. Sponsored by the non-governmental, non-partisan, Foreign Policy Association.
Growing in Faith GIFTS (Growing in Faith Through Sharing) is a Catholic Lenten Program using prayer, sharing, and reflection.
Ham Radio Group The Ham Radio group meets once a week in the Voyager Restaurant.
Lecture Series A different historic, cultural, or health-related lecture is presented each week.
Library Volunteer-run with a large collection of donated books and utilizing the honor system.
Men’s Bible Study A Bible study group for men.
Photography Group Photography information exchange and group trips for off-site photography. Outside park photo sessions every Friday morning.
Potluck Dinners Bring a dish to share at the weekly covered dish supper. A Vegetarian Potluck dinner is also held monthly.
Spanish Hola! All are welcome to come to our Spanish classes.
Women’s Bible Study Dig into the Scriptures and meet other Christian women.
World History Discussion of events or persons with an emphasis on comparative history.
Writing Hone your skills in Memoir Writing, Play Writing or try the Writer’s Workshop


Stay Active With Our Resort Sports & Recreational Activities

Stay fit and trim for the active lifestyle you have chosen.
Bicycle Club Bike rides of 20 to 35 miles are scheduled twice weekly. Route is posted in advance; terrain varies and there are very few hills. Helmet and spare tube required; water bottles recommended.
Bicycle Desert Rides Bike rides in the desert ranging from 10-17 miles long. Must have a desert-friendly bike. Helmets required.
Billiards Rack ’em up! There are nine regulation size pool tables and a snooker table too, plus good cues with tips, all the time. Join in the fun 8-ball and 9-ball tournaments or come out and practice your shot.
Bocce Ball Bocce is a game of Italian origin similar to lawn bowling and played on a long narrow court. The four courts are available every day except when reserved for organized play. A schedule is posted at the Bocce Courts. Free lessons are available.
Cornhole Come out and play cornhole with us. We welcome new and experienced players.
Darts Play darts and have fun with your Voyager friends or make new friends while enjoying a game of darts.
Golf Play nine or eighteen holes on Voyager’s par 3 course. Open daily except during weekly tournaments for Men, Women, and Couples. There is a weekly match at Dorado Golf Course as well.
Hiking Meet weekly starting with shorter and easier hikes which become increasingly challenging as the hikes get longer and more scenic. Enjoy all that outdoor Arizona has to offer! Hikers preferring less difficult trails meet twice a month for more relaxed outings.
Horseshoes Horseshoe pits are available for play 7 days a week. Shoes are at the pit.
Pickleball Pickleball is fun and easy to learn. It is a racquet sport which combines badminton, tennis, and table tennis on a badminton-sized court. Structured play, lessons, and socials are scheduled on a regular basis.
Pools, Hot Tubs, and Saunas Three pools (deep pool, shallow pool and covered lap pool) are available for open swimming when exercise classes are not underway. Two hot tubs and two sauna rooms are open 7 days a week. Relax and enjoy!
Shuffleboard A game in which players use long-handled cues to push weighted discs into scoring areas of a diagram marked on a smoothly polished surface. Courts are open every day. Team practice and league play are held weekly. Schedule posted.
Softball Co-ed softball—all are welcome and everybody plays at practice, intramural, and league games.
Table Tennis Table tennis is available for open play five days a week in the Coyote Room.
Tennis Five courts (two lighted) are ready for open play, League play and reserved time. A tennis ball machine is available. Tournaments, socials, and clinics are regularly scheduled.
Washers Join us in this fun game. Washer pitching is a game, similar to horseshoes, that involves teams of players that take turns tossing washers towards a box. New and experienced players are welcome!
Water Volleyball A fun-in-the-sun water sport. All levels of players are welcome to come out and enjoy!

Things To Do in Tucson

Looking For Things To Do In Tucson, Arizona?

Voyager Resort has so many activities, (over 300 scheduled activities) that you could spend your entire time within the Voyager and not be wanting for things to do. However, the Tucson and the Southeastern area of Arizona is so rich in natural and historical sites that your visit is not complete without getting out and seeing some of these. The following is a short list of things to do. A good web site to visit for more information on what is going on is
Take a step back into the military heyday of the Old Pueblo at the Fort Lowell Museum (in Fort Lowell Park, 2900 N. Craycroft Rd., 885-3832, Located in an adobe reproduction of an officer’s quarters, this museum features exhibits about life on the Arizona frontier. The outpost, established in 1873, housed several Army regiments, provided protection to settlers, and served as a supply base. The museum now hosts walking tours, lectures, and special events, including Fort Lowell Celebration Day held every February. The Museum is open: Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month the museum is free
One of the largest collections of historic aircraft in the US is at the Pima Air & Space Museum, 6000 E. Valencia Rd. Its Space Gallery offers a historical look at space travel, while several hangars house memorabilia, airplanes, and exhibits. More than 250 aircraft are on display, inside and out, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission fee. Phone 574-0462. While you’re there, stop by the Challenger Learning Center of the Southwest, where you’ll find a mission-briefing room, transportation room, mission-control area, and space station. Another sure bet is the partly underground tour at the Titan Missile Museum. You can see the massive 760-ton rollback silo door, visit the launch-control center, and experience a simulated launch. In Sahuarita (take Duval Mine Rd. west, exit 69, off I-19). Phone 625-7736. Take a jaunt into southeastern Arizona for Fort Huachuca’s Main, Annex, and US Army Intelligence Museums (520-533-5736). The Main and Annex Museums explore our military past from 1877 to the present, and the Intelligence Museum records Fort Huachuca’s place in the history of US Army intelligence. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m. Free admission; donations accepted.
Toy-train aficionados will want to make a stop at the Gadsden-Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum (888-2222), with more than 6,000 square feet of displays and detailed scenic tracks. Located at 3975 N. Miller Ave. near N. Romero and W. Roger Rds., it’s a little hard to find but well worth the effort. Attractions include videos about train history, old telegraph equipment, and other historic memorabilia including hundreds of toy trains that date back to the 1940s. Call ahead for days and hours of operation. Next stop-fun!
The Amerind Foundation Museum (Amerind is short for American Indian) contains a fine collection of archaeological and ethnographic materials. The Amerind Art Gallery features works by Native American and Anglo-American artists. Visit the museum store and enjoy the scenic picnic area. Located east of Benson, an hour from Tucson, in the spectacular rock formations of Texas Canyon. Take I-10 east to exit 318 (Dragoon Rd.). Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-S un. Admission fee, free for children 12 and younger. Phone 520-586-3666 or visit
Wandering through this living museum is like taking an enchanted walk through the desert-with no fear of snakes or critters. There’s lots of information, plenty of shade and water, and close-up views of bobcats, prairie dogs, coyotes, hawks, Mexican gray wolves, scorpions, rattlesnakes, roadrunners, quail, and more. Aviaries offer a birder’s haven. Trees and cacti are identified for you as well. The internationally famous museum has seasonal fine dining and year-round casual dining. Trained museum docents give live-animal demonstrations and seasonal guided tours. Admission fee. Open daily 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct.-Fe b. and 7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Ma r.-Sept. 2021 N. Kinney Rd. Phone 883-2702 or visit
Just northeast of the Main Gate of the U of A campus, the Arizona State Museum exhibits pottery, artifacts, and contemporary objects while presenting important facts about the ways of life, including trading and commerce, of prehistoric and modern Native Americans. Don’t miss the museum’s permanent exhibit Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest. Phone 621-6302. The nearby Arizona Historical Society, established when Arizona was a territory, features period rooms, the Mining Hall mine-shaft replica, photo exhibits, self-guided tours, and hands-on exhibits for all ages. At 949 E. 2nd St. Phone 628-5774. Free for kids 11 and younger.
This natural history museum features more than 400 displays of mammals, birds, and insects from around the world. Interactive computer programs and hands-on exhibits provide educational entertainment. View hourly nature films in the Wildlife Theater and enjoy lunch at the Oasis Grille. Open Mon.-F ri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Located at 4800 W. Gates Pass Rd. (the west end of Speedway Blvd.), 5 miles west of I-10. Visit or call 617-1439.
Walk in the footsteps of a miner by touring a simulated mine, or meander through the many exhibits at Arizona’s mining and mineral museums. The University of Arizona Mineral Museum (on the lower level of Flandrau: The University of Arizona Science Center, 621-4227) houses one of the largest mineral collections in Southern Arizona, with approximately 2,200 minerals, gemstones, and meteorites on display from its permanent collection of more than 27,000. The Arizona Historical Society (628- 5774) features a mine-shaft replica, and the Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum’s Earth Sciences Center (883- 1380) has an extensive trove of minerals and exhibits. Travel south to Sahuarita and tour the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (625-7513). A little farther southeast is The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum (520-432- 7071), with stunning mineral collections from prominent pioneer families dating back to the turn of the last century. Also in Bisbee, you can check out the Lavender Pit Mine or take an underground tour with Queen Mine Tours (520-432-2071). If that’s not enough, you can explore the enormous collection of minerals at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum (602-771-1611) in Phoenix.
The permanent collection of The University of Arizona Museum of Art includes Spanish medieval and Renaissance art, as well as 19th-century American, contemporary, and modernist works. It’s on the U of A campus just south of Speedway Blvd. and east of Park Ave. near the pedestrian underpass. Phone 621-7567. Since the completion of a $2.7-million renovation, the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (downtown at the corner of N. Main Ave. and Alameda St.) has been able to display more of its fine collection and attract larger traveling exhibits. The museum renovated the historic Hiram Stevens House into the Palice Pavilion for its permanent collection of pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, and Latin American folk art. You can also visit the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, Corbett House (a local model for the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century), and La Casa Cordova, with its early- to mid-19th-century period rooms. Phone 624-2333. And don’t miss Café la C’Art (628-8533) for a little something to snack on.
Parks & Nature
Perhaps Tucson’s most notable, or should we say most easily noted, landmark is “A” Mountain. Rising above downtown, the peak has witnessed the history and growth of the city. Stjukson, meaning “spring at the foot of the black mountain,” was the name of the original Native American settlement in the shelter of the peak. The US Army named the mountain Sentinel Peak for its strategic importance. Since 1916, U of A freshmen have made a yearly tradition of painting the now namesake letter “A.” You can drive to the top of the peak to enjoy a panoramic view of the city Mon.-S at. 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. and Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Phone the City of Tucson Parks & Recreation Department, 791-5909.
A winding uphill drive west on Speedway Blvd. (which becomes Gates Pass Rd.) brings you, at its apex, to Gates Pass-and panoramic views of Tucson to the east and Saguaro National Park to the west. It’s a perfect setting for inspiring sunrises, midday contemplation, and romantic sunsets. (It’s a favorite ride for bicyclists, too-be aware!)
Just 12 miles north of Tucson on Oracle Rd. (AZ Hwy. 77), this park offers the best views of the canyons, cliffs, domes, and spires on the north side of the Santa Catalina Mountains. White-tailed deer abound. Walk the Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail to the archaeological site of an ancient Hohokam village that was later a Spanish hacienda. Picnicking, camping, biking, and hiking are available. A day pass is $3 per vehicle. Phone 628-5798.
Cave explorers of all ages and abilities can have a field day in Arizona. Kartchner Caverns State Park, near Benson, has been described as an underground nature preserve. Providing spectacular sights in a football field-sized room, this living cave also features a 51.5-foottall stone column dubbed “Kubla Khan.” Reservations are recommended (520-586-CAVE). Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 17 miles east of Tucson on Old Spanish Trail (647-7275), is a cave that has earned its name-it’s one of the largest “dry,” or dormant, caves in the country. In the 1880s, outlaws sought refuge in the passageways and secret exits, and rumor has it there is hidden treasure within. Coronado Cave, near the Mexican border and part of Coronado National Memorial (520-366-5515), is a more primitive cave, but it’s worth the effort to enjoy the cool temperature and calcite formations. Obtain a free permit at the visitors center. At least 2 flashlights per person are required for exploring the cave. All caves except Coronado Cave charge admission fees.
About 40 miles south of Tucson, the Santa Rita Mountains are home to Madera Canyon, one of the prettiest spots around. There are trails for hikers, tables for picnickers, a clear stream, and a variety of trees for all. In the cooler months, you should take a coat or a jacket. Take I-19 south of Tucson to the clearly marked turnoff near Continental, just south of Green Valley.
You can bet Tucson has its share of casinos. Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, owned and operated by the Tohono O’odham Nation (7350 S. Nogales Hwy., 294-7777), deals up live blackjack, slots, bingo, and poker, among other games. Or check out its 2nd area location in Sahuarita at I-19 and Pima Mine Rd. (294-7777). Also, Casino of the Sun, owned and operated by the Pascua Yaqui Nation (7406 S. Camino de Oeste, with a 2nd location, Casino del Sol, at 5655 W. Valencia Rd., 800-344-9435,, brings a little piece of Vegas to the Old Pueblo. Both locations offer live blackjack, video poker, slot machines, bingo, and more. If you’re not having any luck with the one-armed bandit, grab something to eat-from Mexican food to prime rib-or catch a show; most casinos offer big-name entertainment. You must be 21 or older to enter any of the casinos.
Many works by one of Tucson’s most famous artists, Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia, are housed in DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, a group of low-slung adobes set amid the modern structures of the Swan and Sunrise area. Built by the artist with the help of close friends, the compound (constructed of materials from the surrounding desert) at one time served as his home and studio. The permanent collection includes works by DeGrazia on subjects such as Padre Kino, Cabeza de Vaca, and Tohono O’odham legends. Rotating exhibits and a gift shop round out the mix. The 10-acre site, which was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places, is located at 6300 N. Swan Rd. Phone 299-9191 or visit
The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 currently serves as a laboratory for controlled scientific studies that monitor global environmental change. This 3.1-acre glass and- steel complex-originally designed as a prototype for space colonization-contains a million-gallon ocean and living coral reef, rain forest, savannah, marsh, and desert. Visitors can explore various parts of the attraction and go on an “under the glass” tour of Biosphere 2 itself. The facility also offers a visitors center that includes a movie on Bio2, a snack bar, and gift shops. Visit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tours offered daily. On AZ Hwy. 77 at mile marker 96.5, about 20 minutes north of Tucson. Admission for adults is $20; $18 for seniors, military, and AAA members; $13 for kids ages 6-12; ages 5 and under free. Phone 838-6200 or visit
Called “the White Dove of the Desert,” the San Xavier del Bac mission was founded by Father Eusebio Francisco Kino in the late 1600s. The church, built by the Franciscans in the 1700s, is one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture in the US. The church also houses a museum devoted to the native people of Wa:k, mission architecture, and numerous religious artifacts. Visitors can enjoy the results of a major restoration of the mission, portions of it by experts who restored the Sistine Chapel. Take I-19 to exit 92, then watch for signs once you get onto the Tohono O’odham reservation. Phone 294-2624 or see for more information and for a mass schedule.
If you see a young giraffe learning to run across an open field; a polar bear taking a plunge; or ostriches, cranes, and other birds sharing an African grassland with antelope, you must be at Reid Park Zoo. The zoo has carefully created natural habitats and multi species exhibits-a pleasant setting for animals and visitors alike. The South American exhibit has jaguars, bears, and capybaras. Don’t miss the rhinos, elephants, tigers, and lions, too. In Reid Park off 22nd St., between Alvernon Way and Country Club Rd. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fee. Phone 791-3204 or visit

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