The Sonoran Desert is an arid region covering 120,000 square miles in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California, as well as most of Baja California and the western half of the state of Sonora, Mexico. Subdivisions of this hot, dry region include the Colorado and Yuma deserts. Irrigation has produced many fertile agricultural areas, including the Coachella and Imperial valleys of California. Warm winters attract tourists to Sonora Desert resorts from Palm Springs, Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.
This is the hottest of the North American deserts. With nearly 2,300 species of perennial plants, the desert is a treasure house of life. Because of the rich diversity of plant life, animals are equally abundant. The desert is home to both the Gila Monster and rattlesnake.
The Sonoran Desert is the only place in the world where saguaro cactus grow. The Saguaro National Park (east and west units), located just outside of Tucson has the largest concentration of the cactus.
(Tucson) Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
(Benson) Blue Agave Ranch
(Tucson) Canyon Ranch Health Resort
(Tucson) Catalina Mountains
(Vail) Colossal Cave Mountain Park
(Tucson) Corona Ranch Tucson
08/13 Coming to The Tucson area
National Festival of the West Scottsdale AZ March21-24 Nation Festival of the West is the country's largest celebration of the Old West and the American Cowboy.
Arizona Renaissance Festival Apache Junction AZ March30-31 In addition to village street and pathway events, the Festival has twelve stages of ongoing shows performing every half-hour. From the daily opening ceremony to the closing cannon shot, every Festival minute and every Festival acre is filled with mirth, merriment and marketplace exhibitions.
Marana Main Street Festival Marana AZ April6 Located downtown at Marana Main Street and Civic Center Drive, between the Marana Municipal Complex and the Marana Health Center. There will be:
Concert (Saturday night),
Pancake breakfast (Sunday), and
RV boondocking (Friday-Sunday).
10th Annual Polish Festival Phoenix AZ April13-14 Authentic Polish food, beef, raffle, live entertainment, fun activities for kids.
Prickly Pear Festival Superior AZ August24 The historic copper mining town of Superior hosts a new prickly pear festival featuring a morning “how to pick and juice ‘em” class by Jean Groen.