We parked at Snyder Hill, a little sliver of BLM land south of Tucson, and convenient to the VA and shopping. I was really surprised at the amount of RV that were parked here. Last year, most of Snyder Hill was closed due to a gas line being put in and the RVers were "relocated" just up the Ajo Highway near the fire station. ...right on the highway and there weren't many "residents" .The work is all done and things seem to be back to normal.
Some of the attractions around Tucson are not cheap and while there are lots of free things to see and do many of the attractions cost $$ and admission fees can add up quickly, so no visit to Tucson should be complete without:
It's a book of 2 for 1 coupons for most of the major sites around Tucson and Southern Arizona. The cost is only $18.00 and will worth the cost if two people go in together. I haven't seen it advertised anywhere except on the web and we had to ask for it at the visitor center. So, if you are planning to visit Southern Arizona check out the web for information on ordering the passport. So far the passport has more than paid for itself.
We headed down to Sahuaritya, about 30 miles south of Tucson to the Titan Missile Museum, to tour the Titan II site 571-7. During the cold war there were about 18 missile site around Southern Arizona and 54 sites located in the US. The 571-7 site was "decommissioned" and staged as a museum. All of the other sites have been disarmed and filled in. If you are "60-80+ " something in age you probably remember the sites and the threat of nuclear war. The tour was very interesting and informative. Admission was $9.50 each but we only paid $4.25 each with the passport!
This is a view looking down into the silo at the missile.
Tubac Presidio State Park was about 25 miles from the Titan Missile site so we continued onward. We had a coupon for the State Park and had every intention of using it but got a little distracted. There was a wonderful outdoor sculpture gallery which caught my attention. Some of my favorite sculptures:
The head on the bull was cantilevered so it moved up and down. Joel is trying to figure out how it works!
The Arizona-Sonora museum is an absolute must see. I've been several times and never see it all. It is more than a museum. Its a zoo of sorts as well as a botanical garden. Most of the exhibits are out doors along natural walk ways. My last visits to the Desert Museum have been in January, and visiting during the Spring is a whole new experience. Many of the cacti were in bloom:
I was really excited to see these animals, on my previous visits they were shy. These are Javalina. I've seen signs of them in the wild, but have never been able to spot them up close. They kind of look like giant mice the size of pigs.
The free flight exhibits where the raptures fly freely are really popular. There are two programs a day where trainers let the raptures fly freely. This is a Harris Hawk. Look how he/she perches on the cactus.