"Take this gem in slowly" Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tip by Iseeyou

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson: 30 reviews and 45 photos

Like the desert as a whole, this outdoor museum can be dismissed easily with a quick stroll and exit. However, give yourself some hours to take it in and you'll be rewarded with an appreciation of richness and some insight into the abundant, complex, and varied life in the area. It helps put this special environment in much better context for travellers, beyond tourism. Photo ops are tremendous. My visit in mid-May was prime springtime for extra color.

The grounds are well developed and broken down into various segments with vegetation and associated wildlife. Helpful staff and signs are useful. There are several restaurants and refreshment areas for breaks. I first saw this some 25 years ago. The positive impression from those years ago stayed with me and I found it even more engaging last week. Like other activities in the desert, a morning start is cooler and less demanding. Two aviaries (one for hummingbirds, another for many more kinds of birds) was nice. The 'talk show' featuring live gila monsters and diamondback rattle snakes was well done in a cool comfortable theatre. Spending some time here can give you a different perspective at the vast desert lands of the SW.

Nearby Saguaro catcus reserves were impressive, especially if you think many can be hundreds of years old, in bloom, with an array of arms towering above you. You can easily drive through these areas. Picnic areas are available for the truly heat tolerant. See and be changed!

Address: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson
Directions: West of Tuscon about 1/2 hour with extension to the Saguaro Cactus national areas.
Phone: +1 520-883-2702
Website: http://www.desertmuseum.org/

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  • Written May 19, 2010
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