|Posted on July 22, 2017 at 12:35 AM|
Road Trip Through Southern Arizona | Hiking Arizona | Mountain Matron
During the summer months it’s always best to get to higher elevation to find relief from the triple digit heat in Arizona, but with the fires blazing through many areas of Tucson during July 2017, Mt. Lemmon wasn’t an option. If you live in Arizona then you won’t necessarily stay indoors rather battle short stints with the sun. Below you will find a few options for exploring while visiting the southern region near Tucson, Arizona, any time of the year.
Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona
1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746 | (520) 294-2624
This National Historic Spanish Catholic Mission and Arizona landmark has a long timeline in history with profound architecture beginning after the founding Father Kino, passed away. Father Kino first visited the community of the O’odham in 1692. The first church began construction long after Father Kino founded the mission and had not progressed past the foundation; Father Espinosa started the build of the first church in 1756 and the mission doesn’t become part of the United States until 1854 with the Gadsden Purchase. Touring the church extends the knowledge of the intricate details you may or may not notice, such as one dome missing from atop the two towers, forever remaining incomplete.
Catalina State Park
11570 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737 | (520) 628-5798
With a great number of trails looping through southern Arizona, the 5,500 acre park offers iconic Sonoran Desert views at the base of Santa Catalina Mountains. From bird watching to backpacking you will enjoy the majestic mountains just outside of Tucson, Arizona in the Coronado National Forest, reaching for elevations near 3,000 feet.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
16721 E Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ 85641 | (520) 647-7275
The rich history of Arizona never ends; this cave, once inhabited by the Hohokam is an astonishing 2,400 acre park offering visitors an upfront view with a variety of optional tours daily. The crystal-filled underground escape holds a temperature of 70F year-around telling a story of its history at every turn. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sharing the story of how the cave was accidentally rediscovered by Simon Lick, while he was searching for stray cattle. This park embodies the true spirit of the Wild West and additionally provides equestrian trail rides along the National Mail Stagecoach route.
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