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2006 WAAC Annual Meeting

Tucson, AZ
October 20-22, 2006

Tucson Area Attractions

***Indicates particularly worthwhile sites, the "top picks" of the group

See for more suggestions and information. Also look into the Tucson Attractions Passport for savings on admissions.

On or Near University Campus

See Campus Map for Locations

Center for Creative Photography ***
Gallery open Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday 12 noon - 5:00 pm. Free.

The site of WAAC's 2006 Annual Meeting, it should be easy to take a moment to view the gallery and two small upstairs exhibition spaces during the conference. If you are interested in viewing prints not on exhibit, consider making a Print Viewing appointment for the day before or after the conference: the CCP has a viewing room devoted to public appointments to see virtually any box of fine prints in the collection. Call 520-621-7968 or stop at the front desk of the CCP to make an appointment.

Arizona State Museum***
Galleries open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12:00 noon to 5 pm. Free but donation requested.

The host of WAAC's Opening Reception, the Arizona State Museum is the oldest anthropology museum in the Southwest. Exhibitions on view during our meeting will be PATHS OF LIFE: American Indians of the Southwest and MASKS OF MEXICO: Santos, Diablos y Más

University Art Museum***
Located off the arts plaza directly across from the Center for Creative Photography, UAM is open Tuesday - Friday: 9am to 5pm, Saturday - Sunday: Noon to 4 pm; closed Mondays. Free.

UAM holds an impressive collection emphasizing European and American fine art, and is particularly strong in modernist paintings and works on paper. Highlights include the Samuel H. Kress collection, including 26 panels of the Retablo of the Cathedral of the Ciudad Rodrigo, by the 15th century Spanish master Fernando Gallego and his assistants; the C. Leonard Pfeiffer Collection of American paintings from the 1920s to 1940s, and the Edward J. Gallagher Jr. Memorial Collection, featuring over 200 European and American paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Flandrau Planetarium and Mineral Museum
See website for hours and admission fees.

The Planetarium and exhibition spaces will be closed for renovation during much of 2006, but should have re-opened by the time of the WAAC meeting. Previous exhibitions have been particularly appealing for children and the planetarium exhibitions can be an introduction to the leading research in astronomy pursued elsewhere on campus.

Arizona Historical Society
Located just off campus at 949 E Second St, AHS is an easy walk from the conference location at the CCP and is open Mon-Sat: 10am - 4pm. Suggested donation.

Permanent collection and changing exhibitions on the history of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.

Pharmacy Museum
Located in the College of Pharmacy building, 1703 E. Mabel (corner of Mabel and Warren), open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free.

Contains a collection of over 60,000 bottles, original drug containers, books, store fixtures, and artifacts from Arizona (circa 1880 to 1950), including several large drug store fixtures from Arizona's territorial days.

Part to Half Day Trips

Some of these can be easily combined into a pleasant full day's activity.

San Xavier del Bac Mission***
Located at 1950 W. San Xavier Road, San Xavier District (Community of Wa:K), on the Tohono O'odham Reservation. Open every day, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, free but donation requested.

South-southwest side of town off of I-19. Can be combined with downtown sites such as Tucson Museum of Art or west-side attractions such as Desert Museum or Old Tucson. Driving distance from University of Arizona: approximately 12 miles (20-30 minutes).

Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful frescoes, sculptures and carvings. There are often crafts and food for sale on the grounds on the weekends.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum***

2021 North Kinney Road; open every day 8:30 am - 5:00 pm; $9 Adults $2 Kids 6-12, free for children 5 and under; no pets allowed. West-side, beyond the Tucson Mountains; easily combined with Old Tucson Studios for a very full day. Take Speedway Blvd or 6th St/Anklam Rd West into the Tucson mountains (these streets merge into one part way into the mountains. Avoid turning right onto Camino del Oeste soon after the merge); continue through Saguaro National Park West and over Gates Pass (nice views); continue until road ends at T-junction with Kinney Rd.; turn Right (North) until you see signs for the Desert Museum, which will be a left hand turn. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx. 13 miles (20 - 30 minutes)

Located in the Tucson Mountains area, this combination natural history museum, botanical garden and zoo features outdoor trails and indoor exhibits specific to the flora and fauna of the local desert. A unique way to experience this unique area. There is a deli style café on the grounds.

Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Blocks
140 North Main Avenue; Museum open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sunday, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Closed Monday; Historic Block hours vary. see website; admission $8 adults, $6 seniors,$3 students, free for children under 12. Downtown area. Could be easily combined with other downtown or campus museums, or with west-side attractions in one day. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx 2 miles (10 minutes). See website for map and directions. Metered street parking.

Collections include Art of the Americas, Art of the American West and Contemporary and Modern Art. The Historic Block includes five houses built between the 1850's and 1907. There is a café style restaurant on the premises.

Tohono Chul Park
Open 8:00am to 5:00pm daily; $5 for adults (13+), $4 for seniors (62+), $3 for students with valid ID and

$2 for children (5-12), Children under 5 are free. North-west area. From central Tucson, go north on Oracle Road; turn left (West) on Ina Road; one stoplight west of Oracle Road, turn right (North) on Paseo del Norte and proceed to the first driveway on your right, which is the entrance to the Park and the Tea Room. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx. 9 miles (15-20 minutes)

This peaceful park offers gardens, walking trails and indoor art exhibits. There is a tea room style restaurant on the grounds. A less strenuous, more groomed desert walking experience than most of the hiking options; smaller and more garden-focused (rather than including animals, etc.) than the Desert Museum.

Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 E. Valencia Rd.; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily, last admittance at 4:00 pm; Adults (ages 13 and up) $9.75, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more, Military $8.75, Children ages 7-12 $6.00, Children 6 and under free. Southeast area. From I-10 take Valencia Road exit east 2 miles to museum entrance. Could be combined with the Titan Missile Museum for a longer day. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx. 11 miles (20 minutes)

This museum is dedicated to the history of flight and houses one of the largest aircraft collections in the world, including World War II combat gliders, experimental aircraft, a B-17 "Flying Fortress" and other military and commercial aircraft. It has extensive outside exhibits accessible by tram or walking, in addition to galleries.

Titan Missile Museum
1580 W. Duval Mine Rd. Sahuarita, Arizona; 520-625-7736; 9 am - 5:00 pm, Wednesday - Sunday, Adults (ages 13 and up) $8.50, Seniors, Groups of 20 or more, Military $7.50, Children ages 7-12 $5.00, Children 6 and under FREE, Combination ticket PASM/Titan Missile Museum $18.00. South of Tucson. From Tucson, take I-l9 south toward Green Valley and Nogales. Exit I-19 at Duval Mine Road (exit 69). Turn west on Duval Mine Road. Follow the signs to the Titan Missile National Historic Landmark. The entrance to the museum is on the north side of the road approximately l/l0 mile past the intersection of La Canada and Duval Mine Road. Driving distance from University area: apx. 20 miles.
Biosphere II
32540 S. Biosphere Rd., 520-838-6400, Daily 9 am - 4 pm; admission not listed on website. North of Tucson. Take Oracle Road (SH 77) north towards the Catalina Mountains; turn at sign at mile marker 96.5. Driving distance from University area apx. 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.

Valuable science or tourist attraction? Or both? Guided tours inside or self-guided walks outside, beautiful setting.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park
16721 E. Old Spanish Trail, Vail, AZ; 520.647.7275; Mon-Sat: 9 am - 5 pm, Sun & Holidays: 9 am - 6 pm; Park fee $5.00 per auto ($1.00 per person over 6 people), Cave fee: Adults: $8.50 Children (6 - 12): $5.00 Children (5 & under): Free. East of Tucson. From east 22nd Street, turn south onto scenic Old Spanish Trail and follow it about 17 miles to Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Or (faster), take I-10 east from Tucson to exit 279 (the Vail/Wentworth exit), turn north, and follow the signs for about 7 miles. Driving distance from University of Arizona: 20+ miles, less than 1 hour drive depending on route.

Not a "living" cave in the sense that Kartchner Caverns are, but a lot closer to Tucson. Walking trails and electrical fixtures constructed by the CCC in the 1930s, the Cave is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours complete with bats and Wild West tales (at least, they were last time I was there!)


Sabino Canyon***
5900 N. Sabino Canyon Road; (520) 749-2861; call information line for tram tour times and fees; fee for parking, no pets. East-side; from the U of A take Speedway or 6th St. east, turn left (north) on Wilmot, which will curve east and turn into Tanque Verde Rd. Turn left (North) on Sabino Canyon Rd. Watch for a major fork in the road—bear right (East) continuing on Sabino Canyon Rd. Look for signs for the park on your right. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx 12 miles (20 - 30 minutes).

Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, biking and picnicking. For an overview of the area, take the narrated shuttle bus tour.

Saguaro National Park: Just outside of Tucson on both east and west sides.
Arizona State Parks: Catalina State Park and Oracle State Park located north of Tucson.

Pima County Parks:
Tucson Mountain Park: located just west of the city.

Aqua Caliente Regional Park — an oasis in the desert!

Probably Best With Kids Along:

Old Tucson Studios***
201 S. Kinney Rd; (520)883-0100; 10am - 6pm daily, check current calendar for closures due to filming; Adult (12 & up): $14.95, Child (4-11): $9.45, Children under 4 free. West-side, beyond the Tucson Mountains; easily combined with the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum for a very full day. Take Speedway Blvd or 6th St/Anklam Rd West into the Tucson mountains (these streets merge into one part way into the mountains. Avoid turning right onto Camino del Oeste soon after the merge); continue through Saguaro National Park West and over Gates Pass (nice views); continue until road ends at T-junction with Kinney Rd.; turn Left (South) until you see signs for Old Tucson, which will be a left hand turn. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx. 13 miles (20 - 30 minutes).

Quoted from the website: "Old Tucson Studios, an active film studio whose credits include some of Hollywood's biggest Westerns, features action-packed stunt shows and gunfights, rip-roarin' musical revues, guided studio tours, souvenirs and attractions for the whole family." Parking and food available on-site.

Reid Park Zoo
520-791-4022; 9 am-4 pm daily; adults (age 15-61) $5.00, seniors (over 61) $4.00, children (2-14), $2.00, children under 2 free. South-Central Tucson, located off of Randolph Way, just north of 22nd Street; Randolph Way is the first street west of Alvernon. Distance from UofA: apx. 3-4 miles, 10-15 minutes drive.

Childrens' Museum
200 S. Sixth Avenue; (520) 792-9985; Tues-Sat: 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 12 - 5 pm; children ages 2-16: $3.50, adults $5.50, seniors $4.50, children under 24 months admitted free. Downtown. Call or see website for directions. Distance from UofA: apx. 2 miles (10-15 minutes). Metered street parking.

International Wildlife Museum
4800 W Gates Pass Road; (520) 629-0100; Mon-Friday 9 am - 5 pm, Sat/Sun 9 am - 6 pm; Adults $7, Seniors (62 and over) $5.50, Students/Military (with ID) $5.50, Children (4-12) $2.50, Children (3 and under) free. West-side; could be combined with either Arizona Sonora Desert Museum or Old Tucson Studios, but all 3 might be too much. Take Speedway Blvd or 6th St/Anklam Rd West into the Tucson mountains (these streets merge into one part way into the mountains. Avoid turning right onto Camino del Oeste soon after the merge); continue on Gates Pass Rd. until you see the museum (a castle-like building) on the right.

Exhibits are primarily taxidermy specimens and dioramas. Free parking, restaurant.

Full Day Trips

Kartchner Caverns State Park (Reservations required)***
The park is located nine miles south of I-10: exit # 302 State Hwy 90. Fee to enter park as well as to tour the Caverns. Pets allowed in park but not caverns. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx. 55 miles (1 hour).

Kartchner Caverns is a wet living cave system into which water still percolates from the surface above and calcium carbonate features are still growing. It has an unusually wide variety of brilliantly colored cave formations, including the longest known Soda Straw stalactite formation in the world.

Tumacácori National Historical Park
Take Interstate 19 south from Tucson 45 miles to exit 29 and follow the signs. Driving distance from University of Arizona: apx. 45 miles (1 hour). Easily combined with a visit to Tubac, AZ and/or Nogales AZ (borders with Nogales, Mexico).

The Park contains the abandoned ruins of three ancient Spanish colonial missions.

Kitt Peak National Observatory
Located on Tohono O'odham Reservation 56 miles SW of Tucson. Open daily from 9 am to 3:45 pm, guided tours at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1:30 pm; information about nightly observing programs on website. Modest fees for tours. Elevation is 6,875 feet and temperatures average 20 degrees cooler than Tucson: dress accordingly. No food or gas facilities; public restrooms available. Take I-10 to I-19 South. Less than 1 mile is Ajo Way/Hwy 86 (Exit 99). Take this exit West (right). Proceed past Ryan Airfield and Three Points. Continue until Junction 386 (Kitt Peak turnoff). Turn left onto 386. The Kitt Peak Visitor Center is located at the summit (12 miles). Driving time from U of A: 90 minutes.

The observatory is a working research station, observatory and planetarium situated on Kitt Peak.

Amerind Foundation Museum
Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Adults $5.00, Seniors (60 and up) $4.00, Youth 12-18 $3.00, Children under 12 free. Picnic area but no restaurant; free parking; pets allowed on grounds but not in museum; no photography. South of Tucson: Take I-10 East to the Dragoon Road exit (318) and proceed east one mile to the Amerind Foundation turnoff. Turn left at the entrance sign and proceed to the museum. Distance from U of A: apx. 60 miles (1 hour).

Private anthropological and archaeological museum and research center, founded 1937, dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Native American cultures and their histories.

Bisbee, Arizona
South of Tucson; take I-10 east to exit 303 (Benson), continue south on Rte. 80 to Bisbee. Driving distance from U of A: apx 95 miles (2 hours).

Historic mining town featuring a large open pit copper mine (inactive) as well as historic sites, museum, and galleries.

Tombstone, Arizona
South of Tucson; From Interstate 10, take Exit 303 in Benson, and follow it through Benson to Highway 80. Stay on Highway 80 about 24 miles. Driving distance from U of Approximately 70 miles (1 ½ hours).

Yes, the actual Tombstone of Wild West fame, now existing primarily on tourism.

Tubac, Arizona
South of Tucson; Take I-10 to I-19 south to Tubac. Distance from U of A: apx. 50 miles (1 hour).

Established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (fort); now an artist's colony with some galleries. State Historic Park.

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