Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,845 feet
Elevation Gain 50 feet
Accumulated Gain 50 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4-6 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 2.25
Backpack No
Dogs not allowed
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Location Scottsdale, AZ
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Zoo and botanical garden combo
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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was founded in 1952 to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. * The museum is a mix of zoo and botanical garden over 21 acres including 230 animal species and 1200 types of plants. You will find an impressive regional mineral collection including 14,000 specimens and 2000 fossils. More recently a small aquarium was added along with an art gallery exhibit.

The Museum’s double name refers to the Mexican state of Sonora immediately south of Arizona and the relationship to share and exchange research and education programs with our neighbor. There are dozens of ways for children to interact with the museum, and you can achieve the status of “Honorary ASDM Animal Tracker” if you locate and stamp all 15 animal tracks at the stations across the Museum. The shaded Fossil Dig exhibit is particularly fun for kids to find dinosaur eggs, claw, footprint, and nose horn.

There are two miles of interlocking trails that weave through a natural desert environment and animals are kept as close to visitors as safely possible. Don’t miss the Hummingbird Aviary with eight species of hummingbirds and nectar plants that feed them. Of note the Museum does not sell water bottles,. However, they have a free cold water fountain at the entrance for refilling your water bottle.

Exhibit areas (from museum brochure):

  1. Warden Aquarium- two galleries of fresh and salt water species including those from Gulf of California.

  2. Reptile, Amphibian & Invertebrate Hall

  3. Earth Sciences Center – replica limestone cave, minerals exhibit

  4. Ancient Arizona – prehistoric AZ

  5. Mountain Woodland – mountain lion, white-tailed deer, Mexican gray wolves, thick-billed parrot, Merriam’s turkey, American kestrel, black bear

  6. Desert Grassland – prairie dogs, great blue heron

  7. Desert Loop trail – javelina, coyote, lizard

  8. Life on the Rocks

  9. Cat Canyon – bobcats, porcupine, grey fox, ocelot

  10. Riparian Corridor – river otter, beavers, bighorn sheep, coatis

  11. Aviary – 20 species native birds

  12. Life Underground

  13. Hummingbird Aviary

Ironwood Terraces: food court, children’s menu
Ocotillo Café: fine dining, accepts reservations
Phoebe’s Coffee bar: snacks, coffee, ice cream
Cottonwood snack shop: soft service ice cream, hand scoop ice cream

* Reference: Official website

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Museum entry fees can be found on the website. Children 3 and under are free. Service pets are allowed. Free strollers (no cover on them) are available. All the trails are accessible for those using wheelchairs although some areas are hilly and unpaved.
Hours vary by season - see website.

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2021 N. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85743
page created by Crzy4AZ on Mar 09 2014 9:50 am
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