Sound like a day at the beach? Well, actually, the sands at the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area were a beach surrounding a lake approximately two million years ago. What remains today offers one of the most unique recreation spots in Arizona. Where else does the opportunity to ride in sand dunes and soak in relaxing hot tubs exist at the same location? However, please be considerate of your neighbors who may not be here to participate in the same activity as you. This is the only way this area will continue to be available to have fun in the sand, sun, and water.
Come out to the vineyard and sample our exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Slow down and take in the scenery of this broad valley and its sky islands. Go for a stroll in the vineyard. Bring along a tasty picnic to enjoy with a bottle of Zarpara wine on the outdoor terrace.
This desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has been home shrine hideout challenging workplace exciting playground tranquil retreat. Named to the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic District the 2400-acre Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch a working ranch for over 136 years. Spend an exciting day: take a Cave tour browse in the museums relax in the cool wooded picnic areas take a hike saddle up for a trail ride sluice for gemstones?and explore our two charming Southwestern gift shops. Open daily year-round.; Colossal Cave Mountain Park presents a holiday candlelight tour followed by chili cornbread hot dogs and s'mores under the ramada.
Fort Bowie commemorates the bitter conflict between Chiricahua Apaches and the U.S. military - a lasting monument to the bravery and endurance of U.S. soldiers in paving the way for settlement and the taming of the western frontier. It provides insight into a "clash of cultures," a young nation in pursuit of "manifest destiny," and the hunter/gatherer society fighting to preserve its existence.
Established in 1990, born out of a love of European wines, Callaghan Vineyards is wholeheartedly committed to growing and producing the best possible wines in Sonoita, Arizona. Together, Kent Callaghan and his father Harold planted the original vineyard. Kent has personally tended the vines and made every wine since the vineyard?s inception. In 2008 Wayne Tomasi, a family friend, began working in the vineyard as a volunteer and continues to do so.
The 23,000-acre Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area is truly an oasis in the desert. It has four perennial waterways - the Gila and San Francisco rivers and Bonita and Eagle creeks, which are the lifeline for this remarkable place. The Gila River canyon section, known as the Gila Box, is composed of patchy mesquite woodlands, mature cottonwoods, sandy beaches, and grand buff-colored cliffs. Bonita Creek, popular for birdwatching, hiking, and picnicking, is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. The perennial creek and riparian vegetation make this a cool year-round desert oasis.
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Less than 30 minutes from downtown Tucson Charron Vineyards is the perfect location to enjoy handcrafted Arizona wines and beautiful mountain views from our vineyard tasting room nestled in the Empire mountains. Enjoy a selection of fine wines including our famous White Merlot from one of the oldest vineyards in Southern Arizona. Leave the city heat behind and join us in the cooler mountain air for wine tasting Fri.?Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tombstone?s Historama provides visitors with an authoritative account of Tombstone's history from Geronimo's Apaches to modern times. This ?must see? orientation includes the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral the great fires the flooding of Tombstone?s mines and more. Viewers discover how Tombstone got its name and why Wyatt Earp left Tombstone wanted for murder. Actor Vincent Price narrates this 25-minute multimedia presentation involving video historic photos and computer controlled animated figures moving on a revolving stage. The Historama is included with admission to the O.K. Corral. Open daily 9:30 a.m.?4:30 p.m. (Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving)
The Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium blends science and learning for all ages through interactive exhibits astronomy and laser light shows in the planetarium and one of the top-five gem and mineral collections in the country. Don?t miss Flandrau?s featured exhibit ?Exploring Sky Islands? full of fun hands-on exhibits that will take you from our desert basins to the pine forests on top of our Arizona mountains. Our newest exhibit ?The Best Of The Best: Prize Minerals from the vaults of Arizona's Top Collectors" brings together a dazzling array of minerals and the stories behind them ? the search the discovery the history and the awe-inspiring science ? that make these specimens come to life and conveys the excitement that inspires the collectors.