Tuscon Mountain Park - 1.5 miles
At approximately 20,000 acres, the park is one of the largest natural resource areas owned and managed by a local government in the U.S. The park has approximately 62 miles of non-motorized shared-use trials. The park’s trails are open to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, and provide a wide range of outstanding experiences, including technical challenges, and breathtaking views. Gates Pass overlook includes interpretive displays and historic structures. Picnicking and wildlife viewing opportunities are located throughout the park which also features an archery range and rifle and pistol range.
Saguaro National Park - 3.2 miles
Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation's largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset. The Red Hills Visitor Center is just a hop, skip, and a jump from Casa Tierra.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - 3.8 miles
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world due to its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems). This represents a significant achievement, as the Museum’s collections and size are smaller than many of its counterparts. Not a “museum” in the usual sense, it is an unparalleled composite of plant, animal, and geologic collections with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued.
ATV Tour to Cocoraque Butte - 5.7 miles
Just down the road from Casa Tierra, AZ ATV focuses their tours specifically on the rich history of the native Tohono O’odham tribe and take you to explore the beauty and mystery of The Butte at Cocoraque Ranch.
Customers not only get a chance to roam the Arizona desert, but they also get to see unique ancient petroglyphs and markings, like the Man in the Maze pattern, made by the Huhugam (or Hohokam) who share deep ancestral roots with the Tohono O’odham.
Old Tucson - 6.7 miles
Old Tucson is Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! If you’re looking for a day of Western fun and entertainment, Old Tucson is the perfect location to take a step back in time. Old Tucson offers fun for the whole family, including gunfights, saloon musicals, living history presentations, film history tours, rides, games, dining, and shopping.
Skydive Marana - 12 miles
Skydive Marana center creates a thrilling experience both for beginners and skillful daredevils. Tandem skydiving with an USPA-certified instructor is a safe yet blood-pumping adventure. After rushing down with over 120 mph speed for a minute, one opens the parachute to admire the breathtaking views of Avra Valley while gently landing back on Earth. Skydive Marana also offers artistic photos and videos to memorize these special moments. Well-trained and friendly staff provides a 20-minute pre-jump course and leads the participants through the entire process to make sure the experience is safe and comfortable for everyone.
Pima Air & Space Museum and AMARG “Boneyard” - 26 miles
Featuring over 350 historical aircrafts, from a Wright Flyer to a 787 Dreamliner. Sitting on 80 acres the museum opened its doors to the public in May of 1976. Over the past forty years, the museum has grown immensely and today encompasses six indoor exhibit hangars (three dedicated to WWII). Docent-led walking tours and museum ground Tram Tours are offered daily. The museum is the exclusive operator of bus tours of the 2,600-acre “Aircraft Boneyard”/U.S. military and government aircraft storage facility (10-business day advanced reservations required, tour offered Monday-Friday, non-federal holidays only).
Titan Missile Museum - 37 miles
At the Titan Missile Museum visitors journey through time to stand on the front line of the Cold War. This preserved Titan II missile site, officially known as complex 571-7, is all that remains of the 54 Titan II missile sites that were on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987.
This one-of-a kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. What was once one of America’s most top secret places is now a National Historic Landmark, fulfilling its new mission of bringing Cold War history to life for millions of visitors from around the world.
Kitt Peak National Observatory - 44 miles
Part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Sharing the mountaintop site with the National Solar Observatory, KPNO, founded in 1958, operates three major nighttime telescopes and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 22 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. Casa Tierra is one of the closest launching points for a daytime or nighttime visit to this world-famous observatory.
Kartchner Caverns State Park - 69 miles
Kartchner Caverns features a show cave with 2.4 miles of passages. Long hidden from view, the caverns were discovered in 1974 by local cavers, assisted by a state biologist who helped in its preservation. The park encompasses most of a down-dropped block of Palaeozoic rocks on the east flank of the Whetstone Mountains. The caverns are carved out of limestone and filled with spectacular speleothems which have been growing for 50,000 years or longer, and are still growing. Careful and technical cave state park development and maintenance are designed to preserve the cave system.