Journey to a magical place that has drawn people from all over the world for centuries. From the Hohokam, Tohono O'odham and Apache, to Spanish Missionaries, Miners, Cowboys, Outlaws, Army Cavalry, and Adventurers of all stripes, the Sky Islands always hold a special place in the hearts of those who visit. Traveling from the base to the summit is akin to driving from Mexico to Canada and visitors to the top will be rewarded with cooler temps, pine trees. Boasting truly diverse flora and fauna, you'll have the opportunity to view everything from Gila Monsters and Big Horn Sheep, to Black Bear and Mule Deer, "Jumping Cactus" and Saguaros, to Douglas Fir and Ponderosa Pines. Surrounded by four mountain ranges, Tucson will serve as our home base for this trip but we'll lead you on adventures that range throughout Southern Arizona, including hikes in two different mountain chains, including the highest peak in the region at just under 10,000 feet.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival DayStop At: Saguaro National Park, Tucson, ArizonaView petroglyphs and visit Saguaro National ParkDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, ArizonaDrive to scenic overlooks to view sunset and later, city viewsDuration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park HotelDay 2: Day Hike/Star GazingStop At: Santa Catalina Mountains, Mount Lemmon, ArizonaDay hike in the western portion of the Catalina MountainsDuration: 5 hoursStop At: Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tohono O'odham Nation, ArizonaGuided star gazing program at Kitt Peak ObservatoryDuration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel is included • Lunch: Light lunch on the trail • Dinner: Sandwiches provided at Kitt Peak as part of the evening programAccommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park HotelDay 3: Road Trip!Stop At: Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, ArizonaVisit Tombstone and the OK Corral Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, ArizonaTrail ride on the outskirts of Tombstone. No riding experience necessary.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, ArizonaTour an old copper mine by mining rail carDuration: 1 hourStop At: Bisbee Visitor Center, Bisbee, ArizonaExplore the old mining town, turned artist colony, of Bisbee, Arizona. We'll grab dinner in town before heading back to Tucson.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is includedAccommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park HotelDay 4: High Peak DayStop At: Coronado National ForestWe'll hike to the summit of Mt Wrightson, the highest peak in Southern Arizona. We also have an alternate route available with spectacular views so don't worry if you're not sure you can make the summit. Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is included • Lunch: Lunch on the trailAccommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park HotelDay 5: Departure DayStop At: University of Arizona, Tucson, ArizonaTour Tucson, go shopping, or visit the Ansel Archives at the Center for Creative Photography on the campus of the University of Arizona. The trolley stops in front of the hotel so getting around town is easy.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is includedNo accommodation included on this day.