Spring at Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Arizona

On our recent visit to Tucson, Arizona, we stayed at The Greens at Ventana Canyon, in a lovely 3-bedroom unit with a balcony looking out on the Tom Fazio-designed Ventana Canyon “Canyon” golf course. It was very reasonably priced and would definitely recommend for other visitors. Lots of other home owners had dogs and socialized on their daily morning and evening dog walks. We were also amazed to see a large javelina wandering down the sidewalk under our balcony several times during our stay!



It was spring and everything was in bloom and so beautiful! The hummingbirds were buzzing everywhere and the doves and Gambel quail and other birds created a spring chorus. Here’s some snapshots around the neighborhood of Ventana Canyon. I loved getting to see all the desert plants and trees in bloom.

Evening Fairway crowd

condo dogs

dove pair on roof

hummer silhouette

hummingbird on twig

barrel cactus blooming

bunny baby

cactus bloom, red

cactus blooming, yellowCan you spot the cactus wren’s nest in the below cactus?

cactus wren cactus

cactus wren side viewThe Catalina Mountains in the background

Cactus, purple prickly, mtns

Cactus, yellow, mtn

Dove in wispy cactus closer

dove in wispy cactus, mtn

Gambel quail on the fly. They were calling to each other with a loud crazy laughing cries – “Hee Heee Hee Hee Hee”Gambel quail flying

Gamel quail pairThe hummers loved the mesquite tree blooms next to our front door

hummer in willow treeNeighborhood javelina

javelina facing

javelina looking at me

javelina on path

javelina side face

javelina snout view

javelina walking down path

little yellow birds

Prickly Pear & cactus blooming

Prickly pear blooming hori

prickly pear blooming

prickly pear blooms closedBunnies everywhere but didn’t see a jackrabbit

rabbit trio

rabbits on golf fairway

Saguaro cactus, blue sky

Saguaro cactuses   A snake that was in the road and Wally moved to safety with a stick – bull snake? Not a rattlersnake from roadNice homes in the neighborhood

Ventana Canyon big houses on mtnPart of the Canyon Course

Ventana Canyon Canyon Course fairway

Ventana Canyon Canyon Course hole

Ventana Canyon Canyon Course, mtn view

Ventana Canyon Kolb Rd houses

Ventana Loews rock signThe 18th hole of the Ventana Canyon “Canyon” course ends at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort beneath this gorgeous infinity pond. Wally played 18 on this course while we were there and found it challenging – his post for the day was “I hate Tom Fazio”. To get a tee time for a non-guest, you have to go through the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. There is a mountain and a canyon course, and they are among the most photographed scenic courses in the country.


Look for golf deals for the course at Golf Now:


Ventana Canyon Wally at 18th holeAfternoon walk to size up the course

Wally on golf hole

Wally pretend hitting

Willow tree blooms clsup

yellow bird in yellow blooming tree

That’s all for now!


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