The Sky Islands of Southern Arizona

Cultural & Theme Tours, Tucson Marriott University ParkTraveler pickup is offered to Returns to original departure point

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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.

What’s included

  • 4x Breakfast
  • 1x Dinner
  • 2x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 4 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Rental equipment (Headlamp and Trekking Poles)
  • Ground Transportation
  • Gift Package
  • Lodging
  • Entry/Admission - Saguaro National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Catalina Mountains
  • Entry/Admission - Kitt Peak National Observatory
  • Entry/Admission - Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
  • Entry/Admission - Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
  • Entry/Admission - Copper Queen Mine
  • Entry/Admission - Coronado National Forest

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Entry/Admission - University of Arizona

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day Stop At: Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona View petroglyphs and visit Saguaro National Park Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Tucson Mountain Park, Tucson, Arizona Drive to scenic overlooks to view sunset and later, city views Duration: 30 minutes No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel
Day 2: Day Hike/Star Gazing Stop At: Santa Catalina Mountains, Mount Lemmon, Arizona Day hike in the western portion of the Catalina Mountains Duration: 5 hours Stop At: Kitt Peak National Observatory, Tohono O'odham Nation, Arizona Guided star gazing program at Kitt Peak Observatory Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel is included • Lunch: Light lunch on the trail • Dinner: Sandwiches provided at Kitt Peak as part of the evening program Accommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel
Day 3: Road Trip! Stop At: Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, Arizona Visit Tombstone and the OK Corral Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, Arizona Trail ride on the outskirts of Tombstone. No riding experience necessary. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Arizona Tour an old copper mine by mining rail car Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Bisbee Visitor Center, Bisbee, Arizona Explore the old mining town, turned artist colony, of Bisbee, Arizona. We'll grab dinner in town before heading back to Tucson. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is included Accommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel
Day 4: High Peak Day Stop At: Coronado National Forest We'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 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is included • Lunch: Lunch on the trail Accommodation included: Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel
Day 5: Departure Day Stop At: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Tour 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 hours Meals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is included No accommodation included on this day.
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