RV Destination: Spring blooms at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Spring is a wonderful time to visit this colorful botanical garden and witness a huge variety of cactus in bloom—as well as wildlife and many other exhibits!
When you think of a "museum," you might be thinking of a stuffy dark building with old dusty artifacts. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is anything but that!
The museum is 98-acres of living botanical gardens, with 2 miles of walking paths through various desert habitats, aviaries, zoo and other exhibits, as well as an aquarium, and an art institute & learning center.
So, put on your walking shoes & sun hat, grab your camera & water bottle—and let's go! Plan to spend the whole day walking and exploring the grounds. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent.
Location and general information
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located on 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson AZ 85743—on the west side of Tucson, adjacent to Old Tucson, Saguaro National Park West and Tucson Mountain Park. See map.
Hours vary by season, admission rates vary by age group. See details.
There's a coffee bar that also has beer, wine & cocktails to begin your excursion (and you can even wander the grounds with your beer!); as well as a cafe and two grilles in a casual food court—for after you've worked up an appetite with all that walking! See Dine & Shop.
Note: Per the website, outside food is not allowed on the museum grounds.
PRO TIP: 85% of the Desert Museum is outdoors and primarily a walking experience. Dress accordingly for your safety and comfort.
See more important tips for an optimal Sonoran Desert adventure!
The mission of the Desert Museum is "to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert."
Check out their calendar for special programs and upcoming events by season.
Camping around Tucson
Search RVillage for nearby campgrounds and RV parks (enter "Tucson" and select "RV Parks" in the dropdown). It's recommended to make reservations in advance for camping around the busy Tucson area.
Other nearby attractions
Plan to spend a few days & nights in the area and visit some of Tucson’s many other interesting sights—there's something for everyone!
- Saguaro National Park
- Tucson Mountain Park
- Old Tucson
- Mission San Xavier del Bac
- Kitt Peak National Observatory
- Mount Lemmon
- Tucson Museum Of Art
- Children's Museum, Tucson
- Reid Park Zoo
Helpful trip planning apps
- Sign up for Togo RV Plus for route-planning, GPS navigation specific to your RV, helpful checklists for campsite setup/departure, and more!
- Use Roadtrippers for trip planning, and finding interesting & fun attractions along your route.
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