Connect with the wonders of nature, art and culture of the Sonoran Desert at Tohono-Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona area
Winding paths through desert landscape, themed botanical gardens, quiet retreats for relaxing, birds and butterflies, garden art and natural and cultural heritage information. I found all that at Tohono Chul Park in a Tucson, Arizona suburb.
The park opened in 1985, created by Richard and Jean Wilson, who wanted to keep something natural in the middle of surrounding development.
A number of themed garden areas exist throughout the park. Examples include Meditation Garden, Desert Palm Oasis and Ethnobotanical Garden. Temporary and permanent pieces of art are on display throughout the garden, sometimes so cleverly blended in with the setting I didn’t immediately recognize as something other than plant life.
There was a serene, peaceful feeling walking through Tohono Chul Park and I listened to the birds and watched the butterflies. The only thing that marred the sense of tranquility was the background traffic noise from nearby main roads.
There is a very nice bistro on site. It is accessible without going through the park or paying the park entrance fee. We had lunch here and it certainly seemed to be a popular spot.
Tohono Chul Park is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. It is closed on New Year’s Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, with reduced hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Check their website for any special closures. Many of the trails are wheelchair accessible.
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