Things To Do 2018

There's a lot to do and see in southern Arizona. On this page you'll find our recommendations for activities for using up any left over energy.

Escape Room (Monday evening)

A fun and real-life interactive game. You're in a themed room using elements of the room to solve puzzles, find clues, and escape within 60 minutes. We will have a group outing to the Escape Room on Monday evening; you can register to participate when you sign up for our events.

Desert Museum (recommended for Monday, Tuesday or Friday)

The Desert Museum is close to the orienteering events on Tuesday and Friday. We highly recommend this activity as a way to learn about the cacti, succulents and other plants, and animals, that you may encounter as you orienteer in the Sonoran Desert.

The Desert Museum is ranked on as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors! The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats 230 animal species 1,200 types of plants — 56,000 individual specimens One of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections Beyond merely an attraction, the Museum's conservation and research programs are providing important information to help conserve the Sonoran Desert region. Recommended visit time is 2 hours. The museum closes at 5:00 pm. The cost ranges from $17 to $22 for adults, and is $9 for children. For more information, visit

Reid Park Zoo (Thursday)

Visit the zoo after morning training at Reid Park, and before going to the University of Arizona campus for afternoon sprints. We recommend the Zoofari Cafe for lunch! The Reid Park Zoo, founded in 1967, is a 24-acre city-owned and operated non-profit zoo located within Reid Park in Tucson, Arizona. The zoo features more than 500 animals. Entrance fees are $6.50, $8.50, and $10.50 for children, seniors and adults, respectively. For more information, see

Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios is close to the events on Tuesday. It is open 10-5 every day, with discounted admission after 3pm.

Old Tucson is one of Arizona’s top Wild West attractions, featuring live action stunt shows, musicals and live entertainment, vintage rides for the kids, genuine southwest BBQ and special events throughout the season. Step back in time as you make your way through town, walking the same streets made famous by movie legends such as John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Martin, Sharon Stone and Martin Short.

Immortalized in more than 400 films and commercial productions, Old Tucson remains the region’s premiere film location.

For more information, visit

The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum Tour (Saturday 2/17)

Saturday, February 17th 1:30pm (this would be an alternative to staying for our afternoon orienteering training).

The focus of this tour will be on Sonoran native plants. Tours start at the University of Arizona Memorial Fountain, west of Old Main. Parking is free most Saturday and Sundays. More info.

Other sites at The University of Arizona

Tucson Botanical Gardens 

A spectacular gem tucked away in central Tucson. Cost is $15 for adults, and $8 for children. For more information, see

Bisbee (Wednesday)

See for more information about the town of Bisbee.

Cultural Activities
Need a little culture to balance out your week of orienteering? Check out this tiny sampling of what's happening:

2/16-18 - University of Arizona Drama Department play "Doubt, a Parable"
2/19 - UA Science Lecture Series: 'Humans, Data and Machines' (free)
2/22 & 23 - Priscilla, Queen of the Desert musical

El Guero Canelo  just won the James Beard Award with its Sonoran hot dogs 

Phoenix area
2/24 & 25 -Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival


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  2. Not quite right for Reid Park Zoo. Actually:

    $10.50 - adults ages 15-61
    $8.50 - seniors ages 62+
    $6.50 - children ages 2-14
    FREE - children ages 0-1
    Members are FREE

    And, for Tucson Botanical Gardens:
    Adults $15
    Students, Seniors & Military $13
    Children (4-17) $8
    Members & Children 3 & under Free