Monday, November 28, 2011

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is at the top of our list of things to do in the Tucson area. Even though we were here 8 months ago we couldn't wait to come back again.

Another great thing about visiting this museum is that you can camp at Gilbert Ray Campground or Snyder Hill BLM. We spent a couple days at each but feel Gilbert Ray is definitely one of our favorite all time campgrounds; it's like camping in a desert botanical garden with near perfect sunsets almost every night.

The museum has an amazing assortment of plant and animal species. We could see animals up close in their natural surroundings, like this Coyote.

Once again there was a Harris Hawk demonstration, like on our last visit.

The Mexican Wolf has been hunted into extinction by ranchers here in the USA, but I think there are still a few in Mexico.

What a great place for a Cactus Wren to build their nest. What predator could possibly get through this defensive perimeter?

Happy Javalinas, enjoying some shade from the hot afternoon sun.

I took another photo of the convoluted Saguaro Cactus and compared it to my previous photo-no difference whatsoever. I'll have to be very patient to ever see any change; 8 months is nothing in the life of a plant than can reach 200+ years old.


  1. Looks like a great place to stay for a few days, I'll have to add it to my list of places to visit.

  2. That Sonoran Desert header photo is outstanding! We've been to the museum several times and it's hard to catch the animals out and about. You got a beautiful shot of the wolf. Isn't he pretty! Grace & Steve (in Tucson)

  3. The Mexican wolf is making a comeback. Fish and game have a hand in that.

  4. Gorgeous! Fabulous wolf shot you got there! Yet another one to add to our list when we go to Tuscon.

  5. So glad to read that you enjoyed the Desert Museum. I am a docent there and can't think of a better place to volunteer. My latest blogpost is about a day at the museum. I hope you'll stop by.