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Tohono Chul Park

Tucked away in a corner of the Sonoran Desert is an acclaimed horticultural enclave, a showplace for native plants and art inspired by the local landscapes.

Enjoy a few hours of discovery and insight into the art, culture, flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert in Tohono Chul Park, a 49-acre (20-hectare) botanical garden. The grounds encompass demonstration gardens, walking trails, art galleries and a bistro.

Take your time wandering through gardens filled with hundreds of species of desert plants. See native palm trees in the Desert Palm Oasis garden. Collect some ideas for your own backyard in the Desert Living Courtyard. Ten garden layouts showcase ways of landscaping with arid and water-conserving plants.

One of the most unusual features of the Sonoran Desert is that it has five seasons. There are two summers: a dry summer in May and June and a monsoon summer in July and August. Visit the five sub-gardens of the Sonoran Seasons Garden that show how native plants adapt to seasonal changes.

Families with young children will want to visit the Garden for Children. This imaginative play area has xylophone wind chimes, a stream to splash in, a rattlesnake bench and bizarrely shaped bird houses.

Walk along the Desert View Trail, a 0.5-mile (0.8-kilometer) path that passes through a habitat used by several bird species and animals such as bobcats, coyotes and javelinas.

Stop for refreshments at the Tohono Chul Garden Bistro. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

For a change of scenery, pay a visit to the art gallery. The exhibition space presents artwork of local artists exploring their relationships with the natural world. Exhibits change regularly throughout the year.

The gardens are open every day except New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Admission charges apply. Before your visit take a look at the attraction’s website to see which plants are in bloom during your stay in Tucson.

Tohono Chul Park is located in northwest Tucson, less than 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of the interstate highway. On-site parking is free.


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Lodging Near Tohono Chul Park

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$53
Red Lion Inn & Suites Tucson North - Foothills

Red Lion Inn & Suites Tucson North - Foothills

7411 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
3.9
of 5, from 478 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Tucson resort is located in a shopping district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Tohono Chul Park, Oro Valley Aquatic Center and Quail Canyon Golf Course. Pima Canyon Trail is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

$143
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa

245 E Ina Rd, Tucson
4.2
of 5, from 957 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Historic charm and modern luxury unite at this 80-acre Tucson hotel, less than a mile from Tonoho Chul Park and nine miles from the Tucson Convention Center.

$67
Best Western InnSuites Tucson Foothills Hotel & Suites

Best Western InnSuites Tucson Foothills Hotel & Suites

6201 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
3.9
of 5, from 551 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Casas Adobes, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Quail Canyon Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tohono Chul Park and Tucson Mall. Funtasticks Family Fun Park and Rillito River Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Spacious Tucson Ranch! Dual Master Suites!!

Spacious Tucson Ranch! Dual Master Suites!!

1445 W. Chapala Dr, tucson
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Casas Adobes, this vacation home is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Tohono Chul Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pima Canyon Trail and Oro Valley Aquatic Center. Quail Canyon Golf Course and El Conquistador Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Flamingo Suites Tucson

Flamingo Suites Tucson

401 W Lavery Ln, Tucson
2.5
of 5, from 25 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

Located in Casas Adobes, this condominium resort is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Quail Canyon Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tohono Chul Park and Tucson Mall. Funtasticks Family Fun Park and Rillito River Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Casita Escriber By Signature Vacation Rentals

Casita Escriber By Signature Vacation Rentals

8271 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Oro Valley, this condo is within 3 mi (5 km) of Oro Valley Aquatic Center, Tohono Chul Park, and Pima Canyon Trail. Quail Canyon Golf Course is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

Casita Escriber by RedAwning

Casita Escriber by RedAwning

8271 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Oro Valley, this condo is within 3 mi (5 km) of Oro Valley Aquatic Center, Tohono Chul Park, and Pima Canyon Trail. Quail Canyon Golf Course is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

$59
La Posada Lodge & Casitas, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

La Posada Lodge & Casitas, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

5900 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
4.0
of 5, from 33 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Casas Adobes, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Quail Canyon Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Tucson Mall and Tohono Chul Park. Funtasticks Family Fun Park and Rillito River Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).