I spend many hours at work behind closed doors, working on computers for each hour Iâ€™m there. The temperature in my work environment is centrally controlled at 75 degrees which for me is COLD, considering 85 degrees is my comfort zone. 75 degrees for 8-10 hours a day is a little much and I would rather spend my days off work outside my apartment or any building for that matter. This weekend I decided I wanted to visit three places I have planned so long to visit but the plans remained only in my mind. When my friend Matt asked what I wanted to do, he was amazed at the list of places I threw at him, beginning with â€˜I want to climb Machu Picchu, visit Yellow stone, hike Yosemite, got o Singapore for New Years etcâ€™. What he really meant was what I wanted to do here in Tucson for this weekend seeing as he was on call and can not leave the State for the whole month of September. Well I gave him three places: Old Tucson, San Xavier Mission, and Tohono Chul reservation. â€˜Ok, letâ€™s go he saidâ€™ and so we left starting with lunch at Sweet Tomatoes where we had the best salad made in whole of Tucson (see my review on Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant).
After lunch, we headed east on Speedway towards the Tucson Mountain Park where Old Tucson is located, this would be our first stop and then we would go to San Xavier Mission.
Old Tucson Studios below
The Tucson Mountain Park was designated a Park in the year 1928. The Pima County Parks Commission together with Chairman Brown decided to establish the parkâ€™s commission to oversee the park. At almost 20,000 acres Tucson Mountain Park is the largest natural resource area owned and managed by a local government in the United States. The park has almost 62 miles of non-motorized shared-use trials and the parkâ€™s trails are open to hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, and provide a wide range of outstanding experiences, including technical challenges, and breathtaking views.
Gates Pass overlook includes interpretive displays and historic structures. Picnicking and wildlife viewing opportunities are located throughout the park. Dogs are not permitted in Tucson Mountain Park. Found within Tucson Mountain Park are attractions including Old Tucson Studios, Sonora Desert Museum, and the Sonora Anthropod Studies Institute?
A view of Tucson town from Tucson Mountain
We drove through the park headed to Old Tucson Studies located within the Park not too far from the Sonora Desert Museum, the views were indeed breathtaking and the winding roads adding awe to the experience. Along the way we found hikers, bikers and quite a few cars also headed to Old Tucson Studios and the Sonora Desert museum. The weather was perfect with white clouds in the sky, temperature below 90 degrees which I must say is great for Tucson given the three digit temps we have had all summer. We made a few stops on the way to take photos of the scenery and the cacti that dominate this park.