Don’t be fooled by the name—the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is more zoo than museum—and it is one of the best zoos in the nation. The Sonoran Desert of central and southern Arizona and parts of northern Mexico, contains within its boundaries, not only arid lands, but also forested mountains, springs, rivers and streams. To reflect this diversity, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum exhibits encompass the full spectrum of Sonoran Desert life—from plants and insects to fish, reptiles and mammals—and all are on display in very natural settings. Coyotes and javelinas are cozy in their compounds, surrounded by fences that are nearly invisible. We’ll see black bears, mountain lions, prairie dogs and bighorn sheep, and explore the fabulous walk-in hummingbird aviary. We’ll enjoy 16 individual desert botanical gardens along an easy walking trail that lopes through the museum. We’ll also enjoy lunch on self, with your choice of either the upscale Ocotillo Café, or Ironwood Terraces, where lunch is served cafeteria style. This is a great Southern Arizona tour!
Depart: NW 8 a.m. Phx 8:30 a.m. Mesa 9 a.m. R: 6 p.m.