Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum & El Charro Cafe, Tucson, Arizona

We love nature, so decided to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum west of Tucson. This is the view from the porch of the Desert Museum and paths wind down and through the desert landscape. This is a great educational museum and would recommend for any visitors that love nature.


Desert Museum vista viewThey offer free wheelchairs and scooters for rent for $15 for the elderly or disabled. We tried the wheelchair for my mother, and wished we had gotten the scooter. Some paths are concrete and some are gravel, and there are quite a few hills, so the wheel chair pushing is hot and hard. Spring for the $15 scooter and you’ll enjoy yourselves much more. Also, go early in the morning for cool temperatures, take plenty of liquids, wear a hat and sunscreen.

Desert Museum blooming saguaro cactus topThe mountain lion exhibit – I loved getting to see one so close up, but felt sorry for the animals being held captive.

Desert Museum cougar in rocks

Desert Museum cougar walking down

Desert Museum cougar face side

Desert Museum cougar face

Desert Museum cougar going left

Desert Museum cougar walkingThe hummingbird aviary

Desert Museum hummingbird sign

Desert Museum purple hummer

Desert Museum green hummer

Desert Museum hummer on nest

Mexican Wolf – very endangered   Desert Museum Mexican wolf sign

Desert Museum mexican wolfThey have docents at the various exhibits to offer information.

Desert Museum cougar docentScenic overlook made out of mesquite wood

Desert Museum mesquite overlook

Desert Museum spiky flower & vista  Woodpeckers and other birds live in the cactus

Desert Museum woodpecker in cactus full

Desert Museum dive on cactus

Desert Museum vistaIt was time for lunch so we decided to try El Charro Cafe on Sunrise near our vacation rental in the Catalina Foothills. They have been in business since 1922 and are the oldest family owned Mexican restaurant in Tucson. They have several locations around Tucson.

El Charro Cafe warrior calendarCombo Number 5
El Charro Combo # 5Vegas ChickenEl Charro Vegas Chicken

El Charro calendar pics

Time for a nap!


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  1. Your hummingbird shots are great! We’ve been to this museum — even saw a demo on falcons. Very nice place to visit.

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