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Carl E. Williams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2005
 

Good Photo Locations near Tucson, AZ


I am traveling for business to Tucson, AZ and have only one day for photography. Any suggested locations considering my limited time available? I like shooting landscapes.

Thanks,

Carl


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1/25/2007 9:26:14 PM

 
Christopher Budny
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/3/2005
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  I found Sabino Canyon, and Gate's Pass to be interesting areas. The canyon is very dramatic, with high sharp ridges; you can bus up the canyon road about 4 miles, and walk the way back down (no cars allowed in the canyon) for plenty of photo ops. Gate's Pass has a road running through it, with a scenic stop; you can take a very short hike up away from the road, for nice views. Driving out of the pass, away from Tucson about a mile or so, gives a great view back to the Pass, particularly at sunset. Either location will give you lots of saguaro cactus, too. The two are on opposite sides of Tucson, but you could do both in a day, if you have a car available.


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1/26/2007 6:42:25 AM

 
Mark Plawchan   Picacho Peak---10-15 miles north of Tuscon on the interstate.


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1/30/2007 3:00:49 PM

 
Carol A. Roux
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/23/2006
  Try the Desert museum, go over Gates Pass and you will get scenery and at the museum also plus the animals. Come bak to Tucson by alternate route use Kinney Road to Route from Ajo. Get your self a map and it will help. There is also The Pima Air museum, old planes and you pass the storage area of Davis-Monthan AF base. The road out there give you some good scenery along with a clear shot at the Catalina and Ricon Mountains.


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4/7/2007 8:00:19 PM

 
William S. Briggs
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/23/2005
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  I agree, The Desert Museum is great. Lots of cactus, desert plants, flowers, animals and birds. Great photo ops. The animals are in open natural areas with no fences and there is a Raptor Flight show each day where they let the Harris Hawks fly free across the desert. There is a Humming Bird Avery where you can walk in with the hummers and get some great shots. I have a few photographs that I took there about a month or two ago on my gallery. Get there early to get the good light. If you are lucky some of the desert flowers will be in bloom. There is also an old movie set (I think Old Tuscon) on the road in to the Museum. You can easily spend the day there and you won't run out of things to photograph.


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4/8/2007 10:41:56 AM

 
Carl E. Williams
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/30/2005
 
 
  Bob Cat at Desert Museum
Bob Cat at Desert Museum
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  Coyote at Desert Museum
Coyote at Desert Museum
Taken at the Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ
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Thanks for your inputs. The trip was great and I did have enough time to get to The Desert Museum. It was a rather cool day and which brought out the animals.


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4/9/2007 1:34:00 PM

 
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