Fauna & Flora
Our Tucson Mountains are full of massive saguaro. They can live as long as 200 years, growing over fifty feet tall and weighing more than ten tons. The saguaro has become an icon of the desert, with its distinctive tall trunk and numerous curved arms that branch upward. The saguaro survives in the hot, dry desert through a series of adaptations, including a folded skin that can expand or contract depending on the amount of water collected. Unlike most plants cacti perform photosynthesis in their trunk. The saguaro's root system usually lies within three inches of the ground surface and spreads out in a circle roughly as wide as the plant's height, allowing the cactus to collect any rainwater that may fall nearby.
Other species of cactus include the wide barrel cactus, the spiny fishhook and cholla cacti, and the oddly-constructed prickly pear cactus. Various bushes, including creosote and mesquite, as well as numerous desert wildflowers, fill the desert with flowers after rains.
Most animals in the desert are difficult to spot due to their nocturnal habits or camouflage, but keen-eyed guests might find quail, roadrunners, woodpeckers, flickers, wrens, owls, hawks, desert tortoise, gila monsters, javelinas (wild pigs), kangaroo rats, coyotes, foxes, and jackrabbits.
Shopping & Dining
The city of Tucson has an array of shopping and dining. From shopping malls to unique local flavor boutiques, you will find what you need or didn't even know you wanted.
Take some time during your resort experience to head into downtown Tucson. Downtown Tucson offers galleries, shopping, and art experiences. There are also a varied list of restaurants including local cuisine.
Tucson Visitor Center
Located in vibrant La Placita Village, within walking distance of the Tucson Convention Center and most of the downtown area. Drop in for a free copy of the Visit Tucson: Official Destination Guide and information on fun things to do in Southern Arizona.
Downtown Tucson Partnership
Located in La Placita Village. Stop by for information on downtown events, arts, and cultural activities, residential, business, and development opportunities.