Activities around Green Valley Arizona are plentiful and year around. Whether your passion is high above ground (Mount Hopkins Observatory) or underground (Kartchner Caverns or the Titan Missle Museum) you'll discover that Green Valley offers copious amounts of family activities.
Anza Trail After years of negotiation, an agreement between Pima County and Haven Golf Course is an important step toward the completion of the Anza National Historic Trail. The trail, which follows the route of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza II, provides recreation for hikers and equestrians and preservation of local historical culture. It will eventually run from the Mexican border across Arizona and to San Francisco, where the Anza party settled. For now, you can hop on the Anza Trail in Tubac, or at Tumacacori National Historical Park.
ARIVACA SELF-GUIDED TOURS. Discover some of the prettiest country in the U.S. and the oldest schoolhouse in Arizona. Located in high desert the Arivaca area boasts rich grazing land and Arivaca Lake offers great fishing. Brochures available at Arivaca town merchants. (25 miles SW of Green Valley) 398-2702.
ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM. Living animal and plants of the Sonora Desert region. Many unique exhibits indoor and outdoor. Kinney Rd. north of Old Tucson Studios. Open every day of the year. 8:30-5:00. Admission Fee. (36 miles from Green Valley)
ASARCO MINERAL DISCOVERY CENTER. Discover our
award-winning exhibit center, video theater, cactus garden, and picnic
Admission to the Exhibit Center! Experience a tour of the
Asarco Mission Mine. Stand at the edge of the open-pit mine, then walk
into the mill. Shop at the Company Store gift shop for Southwestern arts
& crafts by local artisans, silver, copper and Native American jewelry.
Discounts are available for groups and school tours with advance reservations.
Hours and rates are subject to change.
Take Interstate 19 to Pima Mine Road (exit 80). About 500 feet west of the freeway, turn left through the railroad crossing. Go south to the first right where you'll see our copper-roofed buildings and the tall wooden tower.
ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center
1421 W. Pima Mine Rd. Sahuarita, AZ 85629
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BISBEE. Rustic, charming, turn-of-the-century western town. Home of Lavender Pit Mine. One of the world's largest open-pit copper mines. (135 miles from Green Valley) 24 miles south of Tombstone on Route 80.
CASA GRANDE RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT. Ruins of a massive four-story structure built of coarse caliche earth (high lime desert soil) by Indians who farmed in Gila Valley more than 600 years ago. Admission Fee. (100 miles from Green Valley)
CATALINA STATE PARK. Encompasses over 8,000 acres at the base of the northwestern slopes of the Catalina Mts. near Tucson. Picnicking. camping, hiking. and riding trails. Numerous archeological and ecological sites. Located 12 miles north of Tucson on US 89.
CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT. Alive with plants and animals, the monument contains tall, slender pinnacles and other geological oddities carved by nature from volcanic rock. (145 miles SE from Green Valley)
COLOSSAL CAVE. Possibly the world's largest dry limestone cavern. Open daily, tours begin every few minutes.
I-19 north to I-10, east to Vail exit, north to cave. Admission Fee. 520-647-7275.
DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE. Contains the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center, filled with hundreds
of old planes. Call for tour times.
Take any major east-west Tucson street to Craycroft. South on Craycroft to the base. 520-228-4570.
FLANDRAU PLANETARIUM. A fun and educational science center on the University of Arizona campus. Star Theater programs, laser light shows and science demonstrations. Free walk-through exhibits, science store, meeting rooms and a 16" telescope. Call 520-621-STAR.
FT. HUACHUCA HISTORICAL MONUMENT. Located in Sierra Vista it depicts the story of the frontier military post established in 1877 to protect settlers during the Indian wars. (95 miles SE of Green Valley)
KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK
Kartchner Caverns State Park has become Southern Arizona's premiere tourist
attraction. With two spectacular tours, camping facilities and hiking,
the caverns invite visitors to glimpse a desert vista seldom seen and little
From Green Valley, take I-19 north to Sahaurita Road, then east to 83. Travel north on 83 to I-10, then east until you reach I-90. Follow the signs.
KITT PEAK NATIONAL OBSERVATORY. Established in 1958 as the country's first national observatory. Site of the
Mayall 158" telescope and McMath Solar telescope, the world's largest solar observation instrument. On the Tohono O'odham (formerly
Papago) Indian Reservation. Tours on weekends, holidays. Open to the public every day except
December 25. No admission fee. No food available, take picnic lunch.
I-19 north to Ajo exit, Hwy. 86 west to Hwy. 386 south. (75 miles from Green Valley) 520-318-8000.
Just minutes from Green Valley in a wooded valley at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains, Madera Canyon is a pleasant respite from the summer heat. Madera Canyon offers hiking, picnicing and camping throughout most of the year. Trails range from the easy to the difficult. The Super Trail travels all the way to the summit of Mt. Wrightson.
In addition, Madera Canyon draws bird watchers from around the world, and is renowned for an incredible variety of Humming Birds. Other birds seen at Madera Canyon include: Nighthawks, Swifts, Hawks, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Flycatchers, Owls and many more.
From Green Valley, take Continental Road east from I-19, then turn right on White Horse Canyon Road. Follow the signs to Madera Canyon, approximately 14 miles from Green Valley.
MT. HOPKINS/SMITHSONIAN OBSERVATORY. Tours to 8,550 ft.
summit Monday, Wednesday, Friday, March-November. Reservations. 520-670-5707. Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
Located at the base of Mt. Hopkins in the Santa Rita Mountains, the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory Visitors Center features displays and exhibits on astronomy and astrophysics, natural science, and cultural history.
Guided, reserved-seat bus tours of FLWO for the general public are conducted Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from mid-March through November. Tours originate at the Visitors Center, which opens at 8:30 a.m. A video presentation begins at 9 a.m. The bus leaves the office at 9:30 am. and returns by 3 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made in advance by calling (520) 670-5707 or by writing to Whipple Observatory, P.O. Box 97, Amado, AZ 85645.
The Visitors Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
I-19 south to Canoa exit 56, east Frontage Road to Elephant Head Road, east to Mt. Hopkins Road to Visitor Center.
MT. LEMMON. Highest peak in the Santa Catalinas, skiing in the winter, picnic area, viewpoints at various
Take I-19 north, I-10 east to exit 270, Kolb Rd., north to Tanque Verde and follow the signs to Mt. Lemmon. (Two + hour drive from Green Valley).
ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT 516 sq. miles of Sonoran Desert featuring the rare organ pipe cactus. Exhibits, guided walks, scenic drive. I-19 north to Ajo exit, west on Hwy. 86 to town of Why, left on Hwy. 85 to entrance. (150 miles from Green Valley)
PATAGONIA LAKE Fishing and boating facilities. Stop in the town of Patagonia and visit the Horse
of a Different Color Emporium (located in the old Museum of the Horse).
I-19 south to Nogales, Hwy. 82 northwest to Patagonia and follow signs. (60 miles from Green Valley)
PENA BLANCA LAKE 52 acre lake near Mexican border; fishing, boat rental, picnic area and
I-19 south and west on Ruby Road 289. (48 miles from Green Valley)
PIMA AIR MUSEUM Indoor, outdoor displays of over 200 types of aircraft; extensive WWII
collection. Open every day of the year 9-5 except December 25. No admission after
I-19 north to 1-10, east to Wilmont Road exit, north two miles. Admission Fee.
REID PARK Includes Hi Corbett Field, home of the Tucson Toros Triple A baseball and
the Colorado Rockies spring training. Reid Park Zoo, 36-hole golf course, tennis.
I-19 north, I-10 west to 22nd Street exit, East on 22nd Street, between Alvernon and Country Club.
SABINO CANYON Picnicking, bicycling, hiking. Cars not allowed in canyon.
Shuttle service into canyon operates every day of year; leave and reboard
as you wish. Visitor
center and nature trail at entrance.
See directions to Mt. Lemmon. Tanque Verde Rd. to Sabino Canyon Rd., and follow signs. Open 365 days a year. (1½ hour drive from Green Valley)
SAGUARO NATIONAL MONUMENT 63,000 acres of magnificent saguaro cacti. Rincon Mountain Section. Monument headquarters, exhibits, 9 mile circular drive, picnicking. On Old Spanish Train east of Tucson. Tucson Mountain Section. Information center, picnicking. North on Kinney Rd., past Old Tucson and Desert Museum. Admission Fee.
SAN XAVIER MISSION "White Dove of the Desert". Considered by many to be the finest example
of Spanish Mission architecture. Open daily, 9-6. 520-294-2624.
Take I-19 north to exit 92 San Xavier Road.
SONOITA VINEYARDS and SANTA CRUZ WINERY Arizona wines are becoming a drink of preference. A number of excellent wineries are located near Sonoita and Patagonia. Sonoita Vinyards, Call 520-455-5893. Santa Cruz Winery, Call 520-394-2888.
TOMBSTONE "The Town Too Tough to Die". Historic silver boomtown. Boothill Cemetery, OK Corral.
I-19 north to I-10, east to Rte 80 or I-19 south to Nogales, Rte 82 to Rte. 80 south. (90 miles from Green Valley or 110 miles via Nogales)
TUBAC Oldest European settlement in Arizona. Today it is a village thriving on arts and crafts. Shops, galleries,
I-19 south. (23 miles from Green Valley)
TUBAC PRESIDIO STATE HISTORIC PARK Arizona's first state park, oldest European community and the largest and best preserved 18th century Spanish Colonial Presidio in the world. The 1885 Territorial Schoolhouse, Otero Hall and Rojas House are on the National Register of Historic Places. The park features a museum, underground exhibit of the Presidio ruins, Arizona's first printing press, Anza Trailhead, picnic area and gift shop.
THE TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART Houses a fine collection of pre-Columbian art and artifacts and hosts a continuous series of traveling exhibitions. 520-323-7888.
TUMACACORI MISSION Just south of Tubac on I-19. Church standing today built in the 1800's. Adjoining museum contains models of the original mission and village.(28 miles south of Green Valley)
TITAN II MISSILE MUSEUM Only remaining Titan II complex just as it was during the Cold War. Guided tours of missile complex including silo. Admission Fee. Call 625-7736 for reservations.
the fury of the Titan Missile as you descend more than 30 feet underground
and encounter one of our nation's most revered peacekeepers. For more than 20
years site 571-7 was on 24 hour alert, ready for an order that thankfully was
The Titan Missle Museum is an educational opportunity for the family that shouldn't be overlooked when visiting Green Valley. Open year around.
From Green Valley, take Duvall Mine Road west from I-19. Follow the signs.