This day involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an easy walk along the Signal Hill Trail of the Saguaro National Park that is dotted with ancient art and saguaros. From petroglyphs to fossilized bats and petrified poop, this …

Saguaro National Park

With towering saguaros that are native only to the northern Sonoran Desert, the Saguaro National Park is a beautiful and unique place for an Arizona desert hike. Making a Sonoran Desert hike here even more remarkable is the abundance of petroglyphs in the park.

Walk-in bird aviary

The site of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson used to be underwater. When the water and swamps retreated, a rugged landscape was left behind. The caves filled with fossils, dinosaur bones resting in the rocks, and petrified mud still clinging to ancient hillsides make up what we call today the Sonoran Desert.

Ranger on the Anza Trail

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail traces the 1,200-mile historic route of Juan Bautista de Anza who left Mexico in 1775 and – along with 300 colonists – traveled all the way to California, creating an overland route to what we now call San Francisco.  The trail, which is the first international …

San Jose Mission

I’m on a mission to get as many stamps in my National Parks passport as possible, so I was pretty excited to hear that I could get two stamps for walking the Anza Trail from Tumacácori to Tubac. AND a pin!

Anza Trail Tumacácori to Tubac

I’m on a mission to get as many stamps in my National Parks passport as possible, so I was pretty excited to hear that I could get two stamps for walking the Anza Trail from Tumacácori to Tubac. AND a pin!

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