TUCSON 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.
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.
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.