At the beginning of October, Bob and I attended a conference in Tucson. On my bucket list of places I have been longing to visit is the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, which is just outside of Tucson, near the Saguaro National Park. We stopped for breakfast at Coyote Pause Cafe which has a funky southwest atmosphere and good green chile sauce. It was the closest place to the museum to eat. The museum itself is primarily an outdoors one, but the inside desert animal exhibits have plenty of insects, rodents and snakes for the young and young at heart.
There’s also a fascinating geological walk showing the development of the Sonora Desert. Outside, be prepared to walk along trails through exhibits of mountain lions, bears, coyotes, big horn sheep, even fish!
Of course, plant life abounds, but there were also many butterflies hovering over plants which were in bloom and there is a hummingbird exhibit.
Sadly, an exhibit devoted to birds was closed, but just gives us a reason to return when it reopens. Should your southwest travel find you in Tucson, be sure to include the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum on your itinerary.