AREA ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS
These are just a few of the many attractions and activities in Tucson. Check with the concierge for more information, directions or reservations.
Catalina State Park
(520) 628-5798, Highway 77 (Oracle Road), 5 minutes north of the El Conquistador.
A nature lover's paradise, Catalina State Park is just five minutes north of the Resort. Easy-to-follow self-guided nature hikes take you through grassy desert plains and into the northern foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. A long flowing creek gives you a great opportunity to view abundant desert wildlife.
Tohono Chul Park
(520) 742-6455, 7366 North Paseo del Norte Tucson, located 4 miles from El Conquistador.
A scenic 49-acre desert preserve and center of nature, arts and culture. Enjoy three art galleries, the Tea Room for breakfast, lunch and high tea, nature trails, gardens and unique gift shops. Open daily from 8am – 5pm.
University of Arizona's Biosphere 2 Center
(520) 896-6200, Oracle, AZ, 25 minutes from the El Conquistador.
One of the world's largest living laboratories, the Biosphere 2 is just 25 minutes from the Resort and was originally designed as a prototype for space colonization. It now houses Earth science research facilities and hands-on science exhibits. Daily tours and public astronomy programs offered.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
(520) 883-1380, 2021 N. Kinney Rd., 30 minutes from the El Conquistador.
Discover the natural world of Arizona's Sonoran Desert, just 30 minutes from the Resort. The 'museum' is really an internationally acclaimed zoo and garden with hundreds of native species of plants and animals. Restaurant dining is available, and the large gift shop is an excellent source for local guidebooks.
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
(520) 749-2861, 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., 30 minutes from the El Conquistador.
Discover spectacular canyon scenery and a fascinating array of wildlife, just 30 minutes from the Resort. Hike the 3.8-mile paved trail into the canyon, or take the fun, narrated tram ride to learn about the history and fascinating wildlife.
Saguaro National Park West
(520) 773-5100, 10 miles west of Tucson, 30 minutes from the El Conquistador.
This mountainous park, just 30 minutes from the Resort, is a popular place to see the massive saguaro cactus, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. View the park with a scenic drive or take advantage of the many hiking trails.
Saguaro National Park East
(520) 733-5153, Old Spanish Trail 5 miles east of Tucson, 40 minutes from the El Conquistador.
The terrain of Saguaro National Park, just 40 minutes from the Resort, differs from that found at its sister park to the west. Rolling foothills are softened with trees, grasses, and desert shrubs. An 8-mile loop drive around Cactus Forest Drive provides an overview of the park area.
Pima Air and Space Museum
(520) 574-0462, 6000 E. Valencia Rd., 40 minutes from the El Conquistador.
See hundreds of historic aircraft at the largest privately funded air museum in the world – 40 minutes from the Resort.
(520) 749-8700, Catalina Hwy, northeast of Tucson. Peak is about 2 hours
from the El Conquistador.
The 1-hour scenic drive up Mt. Lemmon will take you from the desert valley up to a Ponderosa pine covered mountain peak, the highest point in the Santa Catalina range. Enjoy the scenic viewpoints, picnic areas, a trout-stocked lake and miles of hiking trails. There's even a ski lift ride open year round, and skiing is available depending on snow conditions.
Old Tucson Studios
(520) 883-0100, 201 S. Kinney Rd., 35 minutes from the El Conquistador.
Old Tucson Studios, just 35 minutes from the Resort, was originally built as a movie set for the 1939 Western epic Arizona. This world-famous Old West theme park is a re-creation of an 1880's frontier town with period townsfolk. A steam train, pony rides, gold panning, stage shows, and stunt-show shoot-outs entertain all ages. You may even see a Hollywood production being shot.
Kartchner Caverns State Park
(520) 586-2283. Near Benson, Arizona, 9 miles south of I-10 on AZ HWY 90. 1&1/2 hours from the El Conquistador.
One of the great natural wonders of the western United States, Kartchner Caverns State Park is located 1.5 hours from the Resort. It's believed that no human had ever seen this huge living cave prior to its discovery in the 1970's by two Tucson cave enthusiasts. Care has been taken to preserve the pristine conditions and stunning variety of multicolored cave formations. Kartchner Caverns is exceptional because it's a "wet" cave, meaning the formations are still growing. Reservations are recommended well in advance.
Oro Valley Marketplace
12155 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley; 3.5 miles from the El Conquistador.
Oro Valley Marketplace has amassed a brilliant collection of boutiques, national retail anchors, unique eateries and traditional restaurants. For a quick bite, a special occasion, a gallon of milk, or an afternoon of retail therapy, the marketplace delivers.
Skyline and Campbell Ave. 15 Minutes from the El Conquistador.
This distinctively Tucson plaza, just 15 minutes from the Resort, is home to an exquisite collection of art galleries, fashion boutiques and several exceptional restaurants.
Old Town Artisans
(520) 622-0351, 201 N. Court Ave., Downtown Tucson. 25 minutes from the El Conquistador.
Located in the historic El Presidio neighborhood, 25 minutes from the Resort and adjacent to the Tucson Museum of Art, this adobe complex filled with galleries and shops occupies an entire city block.
(520) 398-2704, I-19 South of Tucson. 1 hour from the El Conquistador.
Arizona's oldest European settlement, just one hour from the resort, Tubac was once the site of a Spanish presidio. It is now a thriving artists' community, with more than 80 unusual shops and galleries of crafts and original fine art accompanied by several restaurants to satisfy any culinary craving.