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Wildflowers

April 3rd, 2016 by Betty Ross

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Picacho Peak State Park

About 40 miles northwest of Tucson along Interstate 10. Take Exit 219 for the Picacho Peak Road.

Park day use hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission: $7 per vehicle

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Wildflowers are on a blooming binge this week at Picacho Peak State Park northwest of Tucson.

Carpets of dazzling gold poppies play a starring role in the colorful show — but other wildflowers add their own hues to the landscape. Among them: blue lupines, orange globemallow, white desert chicory and bright yellow brittlebush.

“Beautiful!” “Awesome!” “Amazing!”

Trek one of the park’s flower-flanked trails this month, and you’re likely to hear such exclamations again and again from hikers along the way.

“It’s a rare occurrence to see this wonderful poppy bloom at Picacho Peak State Park,” said Sue Black, director of Arizona State Parks.

Aaron Soggs, manager of the park, said, “At Picacho, the rain data is showing just about 12 inches, which is the accumulated total since September of 2014. The last great year of flowers was 1998, when there was 12 inches of rain, and we are seeing the same result now with the abundance of Mexican poppies blooming.

You’ll find some expanses of poppies and other blooms in the desert area encircled by the loop drive. Try lower reaches of the Hunter Trail and the Calloway Trail for additional good wildflower displays.

Saguaro National Park East

February 27th, 2012 by Betty Ross

Saguaro National Park East  Walking distance from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast.

Whether you spend an hour or a day in the Saguaro National Park you cannot see it all. There are many trails, some you can enter outside of the main entrance on Old Spanish trail.  There are trail-heads along Freeman at Broadway and Speedway.

Some wild flowers are in bloom already with the hope of many more in the next few weeks.

Where our past lies underfoot

Saguaro National Park east of Tucson might look like a pristine preserve today – but it was once the turf of cowboys and kiln workers.
Relics of that workaday past remain in clear view along a new network of trails in the park. The trails take hikers and horseback riders past a lime kiln made of stone, a line camp site and windmill once used by cowboys, and other reminders of bygone days.

Read more about the past history on the area.

Doug Kreutz Arizona Daily Star

Saguaro National Park East

November 22nd, 2011 by Betty Ross

Visiting Saguaro National ParkSagauro Desert

We are within walking distance of Saguaro National Park East! A walking path from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will take you directly to the Park. You may wish an early morning walk to the park before you enjoy a scrumptious homemade breakfast.

There is a 1/4-mile paved Desert Ecology Trail, located along Cactus Forest Drive. Short hikes will introduce you to the plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert.

Many other trails along the scenic 8 mile drive are suitable for short hikes into the pristine desert environment. There are some 128 miles of trails wind through the desert and mountain country of Saguaro East. Saguaro East, also called Rincon Mountain District, encompasses an aging saguaro forest at the foot of the majestic Rincon Mountains, as well as an exceptional variety of other desert plants. The Park has a picnic area for your usage. We have trail maps available and you may, also, stop by the visitor center for all the information about the Park. The park is open daily.

Daily Programs
A Home in the Desert – 15-minute orientation program shown daily on the hour and half-hour in the auditorium. Learn about the resources that Saguaro National Park protects.

Sentinel of the Desert – a 53 minute video shown daily at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

Saguaro East Programs Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center (Saguaro East). Schedules are subject to change. Check at the Visitor’s Center for current schedules, or call (520) 733-5153. 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

August 31st, 2011 by Betty Ross

Kartchner Caverns State Park

A day trip from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast, easy access to I -10. A 1 hour drive will take you to Kartchner Caverns.

A well kept secret since its discovery in 1974, Kartchner Caverns, 12 miles south of Benson, Arizona, was announced to the world in 1988. Still virtually pristine, this massive limestone cave has 13,000 feet of passages and two rooms as long as football fields. Finally opened as a state park November 12, 1999, this underground wilderness will remain protected while offering visitors a rare tour through multi-colored cave formations. The temperature inside the caverns averages 68°F year round, with the humidity at 99%.

Kartchner Caverns State Park is open seven days a week from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm MST. Cave tours are scheduled every 20 minutes starting at 8:40 am to 4:40 pm each day. The park is closed on Christmas Day, and no tours will be taken after noon on Christmas Eve Day.

Cavern Tours

Rotunda/Throne Tour: October – July
Ages 0-6 : FREE
Ages 7-13: $9.95
Ages 14+: $18.95

Rotunda/Throne Tour: August – September
Ages 0-6: FREE
Ages 7-13: $8.95
Ages 14+: $16.95

Big Room Tour
Ages 0-6: N/A*
Ages 7-13: $12.95
Ages 14+: $22.95

The Rotunda and Throne tour Length: 1/2 mile Time: 1 1/2 hours.

* Children 6 and under are not allowed on this tour.

Depending on your tour time, you may have time to enjoy the nearby Tombstone. “The town too tough to die”.

 

Visiting Saguaro National Park

August 31st, 2011 by Betty Ross

Sagauro Desert

We are within walking distance of Saguaro National Park East! A walking path from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will take you directly to the Park. You may wish an early morning walk to the park before you enjoy a scrumptious homemade breakfast. There is a 1/4-mile paved Desert Ecology Trail, located along Cactus Forest Drive. Short hikes will introduce you to the plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert. Many other trails along the scenic 8 mile drive are suitable for short hikes into the pristine desert environment. There are some 128 miles of trails wind through the desert and mountain country of Saguaro East. Saguaro East, also called Rincon Mountain District, encompasses an aging saguaro forest at the foot of the majestic Rincon Mountains, as well as an exceptional variety of other desert plants. The Park has a picnic area for your usage. We have trail maps available and you may, also, stop by the visitor center for all the information about the Park. The park is open daily. Daily Programs A Home in the Desert – 15-minute orientation program shown daily on the hour and half-hour in the auditorium. Learn about the resources that Saguaro National Park protects. Sentinel of the Desert – a 53 minute video shown daily at 1:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Saguaro East Programs – Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center (Saguaro East). Schedules are subject to change. Check at the Visitor’s Center for current schedules, or call (520) 733-5153. 3693 South Old Spanish Trail, Tucson.

 

Day scenic trip to Mt. Lemmon

August 29th, 2011 by Betty Ross

Mount Lemmon near Tucson Arizona

A scenic trip to Mt Lemmon from Desert Dove will take about a 1 hour drive. The scenic road will take you through several different ranges. Several turn outs with beautiful views.

The hiking trails of the Coronado National Forest sky islands offer near unmatched variety. Elevation determines not only the air temperature, with lowlands warmer than highlands, but also the types of plants and animals encountered. The warm climate and desert plants for which Arizona is known occur only at lower elevations, while pine, fir, and spruce cover the highest mountain tops, with grasslands and oak woodlands between.

Hikers can explore the desert lowlands during the winter, then come back in summer to wander through cool high-elevation Ponderosa pine forest during the summer months. Fabulous mountain views.

A ski resort in open when snow has fallen. Few people think of snow and skiing when they think of Tucson, cactus, desert, and diamondbacks more readily come to mind. The Santa Catalina Ranger District, however, is home to the southernmost ski area in the United States, which is perched near the 9,157-foot summit of Mt. Lemmon.
The chair lift is in operation all year round, taking visitors to a high overlook from which they can enjoy views of the Santa Catalinas, the city of Tucson, the San Pedro Valley, the Reef of Rocks, and the distant mountains near Globe and Phoenix. These scenic views, combined with the many trails and overlooks in the area.

Iron Door Restaurant
10300 E Ski Run Rd. (520) 576-1321

Sawmill Run Restaurant (520) 576- 9147

12976 North Sabino Canyon Parkway, Summerhaven

The summit is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea level, and receives approximately 180-200 inches (4,600 mm) of snow annually.

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is a new public program initiative by the University of Arizona to make the world of astronomy and other sciences more accessible to Southern Arizona and its visitors by moving science off campus with hands-on-programs high atop Mt. Lemmon.

The following fees apply to all Coronado National Forest fee areas:

$5 per vehicle per day
$10 per vehicle per week
$20 per vehicle per year (valid for one year from date of purchase)

A Catalina Mountain Pass is good at any fee area on the Coronado National Forest. Purchase a Day Pass at Sabino Canyon in the morning, and use it later that afternoon to visit Mt. Lemmon. An Annual Pass can be used at Sabino Canyon, Mt. Lemmon, Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains, or at South Fork in the Chiricahua Mountains. Conversely, passes purchased at Madera Canyon or South Fork can also be used at any other Coronado National Forest fee area. More information on the Passes and Fees or call 520-388-3800.

 

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