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Star Gazing in Southern Arizona
For something truly different, head outside and scan the night skies for UFOs, those alien objects that people claim to see all over the region. According to the “UFO Casebook,” Arizona ranks sixth in sightings in the United States, with over 1,324 sightings listed during the past 40 years.
The Kitt Peak National Observatory, located in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, 56 miles southwest of Tucson, has 22 telescopes that scan the universe from their perch on this 6,900-foot summit. Although you can't look through the telescopes that collect scientific data (most modern telescopes don't even come equipped with an eyepiece anymore), the Observatory's Visitor Center has its own observatories and Nightly Observing Programs that will allow you to stargaze. Daytime visitors to the Visitor Center will learn how telescopes work, and a self-guided tour will allow you to pass by some of the most interesting ones. Whether you go there during the day or night, remember that the air is much cooler at the summit, so bring along a sweater or jacket.
Dude Ranches in Southern Arizona
By day, you're riding high in the saddle through southern Arizona's spectacular desert scenery. At night, you're “back at the ranch,” relaxing by the fire, playing a game of horseshoes, or taking a swim in the pool. In other words, “Dude Ranch” culture is alive and well in the hills surrounding Tucson. This is a great place to take the family, there's no doubt your little “city slickers” will love it out on the prairie. Contact the Arizona Dude Ranch Association for more information about the ranch that's best for you.
Fun Attractions in Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, Tombstone and Southern Arizona