Tucson Photo Ops

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1. Landscape

   a) Gates Pass

   b) Sabino Canyon

   c) Catalina State Park

   d) Mount Lemmon

   e) Chircahua National Monument

2. Flora/Fauna

   a) Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

   b) Reid Park

   c) Botanical Gardens

3. Cityscape

4. Old West

   a) Old Tucson

   b) Trail Dust Town

   c) Tombstone

   d) Empire Ranch

5. Other

   a) Pima Air and Space Museum

1. Landscape

   a) Gates Pass

      Description:

          Daylight - Lots of Saguaro Cacti (those with the arms).

         Westside - Don't miss the sunset!  It's not over when the sun sets. Wait 15 -30 minutes to see the clouds light up.

         Eastside - View back down pass towards Tucson. City night shots.

      When: Later Afternoon / Evening

      Duration: 2-3 hours

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Gates Pass

      Images: Gates Pass Images

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   b) Sabino Canyon

      Description:

          Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: 1/2 to full day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Sabino Canyon

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   c) Catalina State Park

      Description:

          Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: 1/2 day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Catalina State Park

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   d) Mount Lemmon

      Description:

          It provides access to a fascinating land of breathtaking vistas, outlandish rockscapes, cool mountain forests and deep canyons spilling out onto broad deserts.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: Full day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Mount Lemmon

      Images: Mt Lemmon Images

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   e) Chircahua National Monument

      Description:

          A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore at Chiricahua National Monument. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. Visit the Faraway Ranch Historic District to discover more about the people who have called this area home.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: Full day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Chircahua National Monument

      Images: Chircahua National Monument Images

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2. Flora/Fauna

   a. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

      Description:

          The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: Full day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

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   b. Reid Park

      Description:

          Reid Park is a large city park in the middle of Tucson. Things to see and photograph include the following: City Zoo, ponds with many types of birds, water cascade, and rose garden (seasonal).

      When: See webpages

      Duration: Partial to Full day

      Directions: See webpages.

      Webpage: Reid Park Zoo

      Webpage: Reid Park

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   c. Botanical Gardens

      Description:

          The Tucson Botanical Gardens, a tranquil oasis in the heart of Tucson, strives to be recognized and respected as the best small public garden in America.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: Half day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Botanical Gardens

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3. Cityscape

   a. Barrio

   b. Downtown Tucson

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4. Old West

   a. Old Tucson

      Description:

          Just fifteen minutes from Tucson at the base of the Tucson Mountains is a preserved slice of Americana, Old Tucson. Passing through the gates of a western frontier town, visitors from around the globe are transported back to a time when fearless men with six shooters ruled the Old West and the setting for the more than 300 movies and television productions filmed at the location since 1939.

      When: Operating hours

      Duration: Half day

      Directions: Directions

      Webpage: Old Tucson

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   b. Trail Dust Town

       Trail Dust Town contains several 'Old West' buildings that were constructed as a set for a Glenn Ford movie. This looks all shiney and new, but they have a back lot with old abandon buildings - - facades Lots of ops in one place.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: 2-3 hours

      Directions: Trail Dust Town is located on E Tanque Verde Road just before Grant Road

      Webpage: Trail Dust Town

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   c. Tombstone

      Description:

          Tombstone - Home to the gunfight at the OK Corral and so much more.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: Full day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Tombstone

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   d. Empire Ranch

      Description:

          The Empire Ranch was originally established in the 1860's as a ranch of 160 acres with a four-room adobe ranch house and adjoining corral. It is a great place to photograph old and abandoned farm buildings and equipment.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: Full day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Empire Ranch

      Images: Empire Ranch Images

      Gallery: Victor Tackett Empire Ranch Gallery

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5. Other

   a. Pima Air and Space Museum

      Description:

          Pima Air & Space Museum, where history takes flight, is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You'll see more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.

      When: See webpage

      Duration: Half day

      Directions: See webpage.

      Webpage: Pima Air and Space Museum

      b. Tucson Special Places

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