Travel & Photography Trip: Road trip to Tucson, Arizona:

Bosque del Apache NWR, Chiricahua NM, Tumacacori Nat'l Historic Park, Tombstone, Tohono Chul Pk, Sonoran Desert Museum, Mt Lemmon, Downtown Tucson
& Armory Park Guest House

March 2008
Doug, Ellen, Charles and Catherine

Travel Trip Photo: Desert bloom at Sonoran Desert Museum, Tuscon, Arizona

Doug and Ellen traveled back to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, then visited the Tuscon, Arizona area, including Chiricahua National Monument and Tumacacori National Historical Park, Bisbee, Tombstone, Tohono Chul Park and the Sonoran Desert Museum with their friends Charles and Catherine.

You can view Website photos, with captions and slideshow (with music):

Bosque del Apache & Chiricahua: The Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is in New Mexico, 9 miles south of Socorro. The Refuge is 57,331 acres located along the Rio Grande River, and is located at the northern edge of the Chihuahuan desert. It provides habitat and protection for migratory birds and endangered species, including large sandhill crane and snow goose migrations in the spring and fall.

Chiricahua National Monument, located in the Chiricahua Mountains in southeast Arizona, preserves the remains of an immense volcanic eruption that shook the region some 27 million years ago. The thick white-hot ash spewed forth from the nearby Turkey Creek Caldera, cooled and hardened into rhyolite tuff, laying down almost two thousand feet of dark volcanic ash and pumice, which eventually eroded into the natural features visible at the monument today;

Tumacacori, Tombstone, Tohono Chul: Tumacacori National Historical Park is located in Santa Cruz County, southern Arizona. The park consists of 360 acres and protects the ruins of three Spanish mission communities. Mission San Jose de Tumacacori was established in 1691 by a Jesuit padre and is the oldest Jesuit mission site in southern Arizona.

Tombstone, a historic western city in Cochise County, Arizona, was founded in 1879 and was one of the last wide-open frontier boomtowns in the American Old West. Today it is a major tourist attraction, with features including Old Boot Hill Graveyard and reinactments of the Gunfight at OK Corral.

Tohono Chul Park is a botanical garden, nature preserve and cultural museum located in Casas Adobes, a suburb of Tucson. Thematic displays consist primarily of plants native to the Sonoran or Chihuahuan Deserts, and include more than 150 species of shrubs and trees, 300 species of cacti and succulents and 50 species of wildflowers;

Sonoran Desert Museum is a 'fusion' experience - botanical garden, zoo, natural history museum, aquarium and art gallery, located just west of Tucson on 98 acres, of which 21 acres conatain 2 miles of interpretive walking trails through various desert habitats. It contains 230 animal species and 1,200 types of plants;

Tucson: Home base while staying in Tucson was the Armory Park Guest House, a wonderful B&B located within walking distance of downtown. It provided all the comforts of home, and the private courtyard afforded a great gathering place for morning open air breakfasts, afternoon happy hours (to enjoy many margaritas) and late evening gathering (more margaritas) before bed.

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