Tucson: An Old West Experience

Fascinated by cowboys, Indians and old time saloons? Tucson attractions offer a western experience with flavor of the old and the modern. Guided tours, horse ranches, off-road trails and dramatized gun fights are just a few of the southwest attractions you will find. Whether you are vacationing with the family or visiting as a couple, here are a few ways to have an enjoyable time in sunny Tucson, Arizona. Stay at the Tanque Verde Guest RanchWhether you go as a group or as a couple, you will enjoy your stay at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch. With over 60,000 acres, the largest dude ranch in the United States offers fantastic amenities and numerous activities to keep you busy throughout your stay. You can ride the horses and experience life on a southwestern ranch. Round Up the Family for a Trip to Old Tucson StudiosThis internationally-known film set for many western movies is thriving as an attraction for visitors. You will put modern life behind you when you walk through the entrance of Old Tucson Studios. Filled with souvenir shops, cafes, amusements and more, there is no way to be bored when you visit Old Tucson. Watch as a gun fight plays out on the dusty street in front of the saloon and go inside to enjoy one of the many scheduled bands and the can-can style dancing of Miss Kitty and her troupe. Tuesdays and Thursdays are set aside for guided tours of the set. You can go on trail rides or take the stagecoach at no additional charge. Call ahead before you visit, though, for films are still made at this charming little replica of an old western town and there may be some areas that are closed to the public. Explore the Desert in a HummerTake a hummer tour in the desert and rock terrain surrounding Tucson to see where natives once walked and cowboys drove their cattle. You can choose to take smooth trails or go on the ultimate off-road adventure with either the Hummer H1 or Hummer H3. Hummer Tours of Tucson is popular among the locals as well as with vacationers, so make sure to reserve your Hummer in advance. Take a Day Trip to the Colossal CavesLocated to the southeast of Tucson, the Colossal Caves were once used for storage, shelter, and worship by the Hohokam tribe which still inhabited and farmed the area over one thousand years ago. Along with historical artifacts, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is home to several species of mammals and reptiles. Daily guided tours depart at regular intervals throughout the day. In addition, there are several group tours you can reserve that will let you see even more of the cave. Tours range from relatively non-strenuous to more challenging terrain. A few other Tucson attractions include a drive up Mount Lemmon, a visit to Tucson Mountain Park, a walk or ride through Sabino Canyon and hiking in the Saguaro National Park. No matter which of the many offerings you choose, your visit to Tucson is not likely to be your last.

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