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FIESTA DE SAGUARO

February 27th, 2012 by Betty Ross

TUCSON – The sixth annual Fiesta de Saguaro is set for Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will be held at the park’s Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, located at 3693 South Old Spanish Trail. The Fiesta celebrates the rich Hispanic history and culture of the park and local area, with a variety of activities, lectures, demonstrations and performances.

This family-oriented event is free to the public, and includes free entrance to Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East).

Throughout the day there will be ongoing activities, including children’s arts and crafts, special videos and craft demonstrators. Taquería Pico de Gallo and Los Eloteros will be on site offering traditional Mexican food for purchase.

Due to limited parking at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, the park will operate a free, continuous shuttle service from Sahuaro Baptist Church, located at 10361 East Old Spanish Trail (at Houghton Road). The shuttle service will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

The guests at Desert Dove are enjoying the activities the park has to offer.

Sabino Canyon

August 31st, 2011 by Betty Ross

A 15- 20 minute drive from Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast will take you to Sabino Canyon where you will experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a tram ride. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

This extremely popular recreation area for locals and many visitors who come to stay at Desert Dove Bed & Breakfast, this area provides their first close encounter with the Sonoran Desert and the fascinating variety of plants and animals that make it their home. The self-guided Desert Nature Trail at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment.

Sabino Canyon tours offers a narrated, educational 45-minute, 3.8 mile tour into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The trams have nine stops along the tour with several restroom facilities and picnic grounds located near Sabino Creek. The tram turns around at Stop #9 and heads back down to the Visitor’s Center, at which point riders may remain on board and hike back down. Trams arrive on average every 30 minutes. During the winter and summer rainy seasons, pools of water form in rocky outcroppings that wind up among hillsides resplendent with palo verde trees, cholla and prickly pear cactus and graceful groves of ocotillo.

A variety of trails are available along the way for hiking that range from easy to challenging. The main road, one of two routes on which Sabino Canyon Tours operates its Sabino Canyon tram route, is mostly flat and paved. It can be easily navigated by visitors of all ages. The main road ascends from 2,800 to 3,300 feet and crosses Sabino Creek over 9 stone bridges. It is a favorite route for both hikers and bicyclists.

During the months of April, May, June, September, October and November, Sabino Canyon Tours offers evening rides three nights per month. For more information or to make your reservations, please call (520) 749-2327

Tram rides:
Adults $8.00, Children 3-12 $4.00
Day Pass $5, Week Pass $10, Annual Pass $20

Sabino Canyon has 89 picnic sites scattered throughout area Barrier-free accessible sites are available at Cactus picnic area and Bear Canyon overlook Cactus Ramada group picnic sites are available by reservation only. Toilet with barrier-free access is located at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center. Vending machines (water and sodas) are located near the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.

 

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