Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum outside of Tuscon, Arizona, is the city's Number One Tourist Attraction.  Trip Advisor has included this outdoor museum in its Top Ten List of Best Museums in the country.  I'm thankful for my two cousins who insisted we go there because I'm not sure I would have paid the steep price otherwise:  $19.50 General Admission.  I'm more of a visual traveler; an aimless wanderer.  I'd rather hike in the actual desert than walk through a bunch of exhibits.   But, truth is, I learned so much from walking the two-mile path through the different areas.  It gave me a much better understanding and appreciation of the Sonoran Desert--a truly unique region of our country.
 The Sonoran Desert is one of the most biologically diverse deserts in the world.  It encompasses 100,000 square miles of land in the United States and Mexico.  What makes it so rich in plant and animal life is the moisture it receives from the nearby Sea of Cortez and rain from its two monsoonal seasons.  Four rivers, the Gila, the Colorado, Santa Cruz and San Pedro flow through its landscape, providing food and water for the animals that roam here.

The museum is open all year.  Allow a full half-day to explore the different areas.  Grab a map as you enter.  We didn't have time to cover the entire museum so we picked a few areas we were most interested in like Cat Canyon, the Reptile Exhibit, the aquarium and the walk-through aviary.  Beautiful desert plants, including the majestic saguaro line all the paths.  It is a delight for plant and animal lovers alike.

Money well spent!

1 comment:

  1. Your photos bring back memories of our trip here way back in 1983, a fascinating area.