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Tucson Adventures - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Tucson Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Tucson Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85735
(520) 883-0100
oldtucson.com
Old Tucson Studios is an Old West theme park and a working movie location where you’ll find Western movie history, historical tours, shopping, seasonal events and more.


Biosphere 2

32540 S. Biosphere Rd.,
Oracle, AZ 85623
(502) 838-6200
b2science.org
The $150-million facility opened in 1991 as a massive closed system that would last for 100 years to test nature, technology and human endurance. Opened to the public in 2002, visitors to Biosphere 2 can explore inside the 3.15-acre structure on a fully-guided tour.


University of Arizona

1200 E. University Blvd.,
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 621-2211
arizona.edu/visit-ua
With its main campus covering 380 acres in Central Tucson, this university offers plenty of attractions and activities, including the Arizona State Museum, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Campus Arboretum and more.


Mission San Xavier Del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85746
(520) 294-2624
sanxaviermission.org
Mission San Xavier del Bac is referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert.” This active Franciscan mission is located on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation.


Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 883-2702
desertmuseum.org
A world-renowned zoo, with more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants, a natural history museum and a botanical garden — all in one place.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Southern AZ Must-See Spots (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southern AZ Must-See Spots (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Southern AZ Must-See Spots — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743
520-883-2702
desertmuseum.org
A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden — all in one place. Within the museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.


Kartchner Caverns State Park

2980 S. Hwy. 90, Benson, AZ 85602
520-586-CAVE (2283)
azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA
Discovered in 1974, these caverns recently opened to the public and feature stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. Guided cave tours, a discovery center, interactive displays, gift shops, 62 camping sites, hiking and walking trails.


Mission San Xavier Del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746
520-294-2624
sanxaviermission.org
Mission San Xavier del Bac is referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert.” This active Franciscan mission is located on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation.


Queen Mine Tour

Hwy 80, Historic Old Bisbee exit, Bisbee, AZ 85603
866-432-2071
queenminetour.com
Don a mining lantern, hat and slicker and ride the mine train deep into the mine and experience the life of the miners as they tell you how they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Fun and educational for the whole family. Tours last about one hour and are offered five times a day, seven days a week.


Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629
520-625-7736
titanmissilemuseum.org
Once one of America’s most top secret places, this National Historic Landmark site and one-of-a-kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. Tour the underground missile site. See the 3-ton blast doors, the 8-foot thick silo walls, and an actual Titan II missile in the launch duct. Visit the launch control center, experience a simulated launch and more.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Mission San Xavier del Bac, Photo: Flickr, jdnx

Things To See In Arizona: Mission San Xavier Del Bac

Looking to explore something unique? Visit the stunning Mission San Xavier del Bac — an experience that offers learning, fun and exposure to an Arizona treasure that has been cherished for years.

Mission San Xavier del Bac is the oldest European structure (intact) in Arizona filled with the original mural paintings and statues. The church strives for its original purpose of providing to the religious needs to is parishioners. The current church originated in the 1700s during the time when Arizona was considered part of New Spain.

Due to an earthquake in 1887, which resulted in knocking down the mortuary wall and damaging various areas of the church, renovations began in 1905, and another set of repairs occurred after a lightening strike hit the West Tower lantern in 1939. This later inspired a group of community leaders to form the Patronato San Xavier in 1978, in order to promote conservation of the Mission San Xavier. Because of this organization, extensive water damage was found; and, after a five year effort by the Patronato, the damage would be repaired. In 1989, work on the exterior began in order to keep this treasure other repairs need to be accomplished.

The architecture of the church was constructed with low-fire clay bricks, stones and lime mortar and little information is known about the interior decorator. The church has a number of Franciscan references both in façade as well as throughout the church.

The Mission San Xavier offers scheduled masses and guided tours. Docent tours (or guided tours) consist of volunteers from the community knowledgeable in the history, architecture and culture of the Mission as well as its surroundings. The tours begin outside the museum entrance and last about 45 minutes. You do not need to sign up in advance to participate.

This national treasure has been a proud site for Arizona’s that draws in- and out-of-state visitors year-round. Whether you enjoy the architecture, art or the Mission’s history, this is an amazing opportunity to preserve this organization for future generations. Visit with school, friends and/or family to discover why this hidden Tucson gem is worth preserving.



For more information about Mission San Xavier del Bac, please visit patronatosanxavier.org.

Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 W. San Xavier Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85746
(520) 407-6130