Small Space Living & Southwest Adventures

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Must See in Tucson: Drive Up the Scenic Catalina Highway

The Catalina Highway is a 28-mile road that begins at Mt. Lemmon’s base on Tucson’s north side. The base starts at around 3,000 feet in elevation and ends at the top of Mt. Lemmon at around 9200 feet. It’s our favorite thing to do when people who’ve never been to …

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Arizona Offroad Adventures: Gardner Canyon

Although smoke from the terrible wildfires in California has changed the appearance of our southern Arizona skies, we still got out to enjoy nature on our Labor Day holiday weekend. Just off Highway 83 near Sonoita, AZ, Forest Road 785 OHV Trail provided a fun afternoon of offroading among grasslands, juniper trees, …

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Fun and Free in Tucson: Mission San Xavier del Bac

Look west out the window when traveling down I-19 in Tucson, and you’re likely to see the “white dove of the desert,” historic Spanish Mission San Xavier del Bac. Situated on the Tohono O’odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation, the mission is an active Roman Catholic Parish. The oldest intact …

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Fun and Free in Tucson: Ciénega Train Bridge

Originally part of U.S. Route 80, a highway that once spanned Arizona’s length before the construction of Interstate 10, Ciénega Bridge is an open-spandrel train crossing erected in 1921. The oldest surviving bridge of its kind in Arizona, today it’s tucked behind I-10 on Marsh Station Road just east of …

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Sights in Southern Arizona: Las Ciénegas National Conservation Area

Down a stretch of highway not too far from Tucson’s streets with scenery more reminiscent of the Flint Hills in Kansas than what most expect to find in southern Arizona, there are 42,000 acres of natural grassland set aside for our enjoyment. Las Ciénegas National Conservation Area is near the …

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