Travel 2017-11-14T15:03:49+00:00


There’s always someplace to go…

Tohono Chul’s trips are some of the most rewarding ways you can spend just a day or an entire week in the Southwest. Always modestly priced, our Travel “Ed-ventures” are perfect for anyone who is simply curious about our region or looking for an adventure that will reward mind and body alike. Take a look at what we’re offering!

Birding at Boyce . . . SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed!

Thursday, November 16 | 7:30am – 5pm | $115 Tohono Chul & Tucson Audubon Society Members, $135 general public

. . . Thompson that is. We’ve visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum in the past to marvel at its diverse collections of flora, and we’ve been birding before, but it’s been awhile, so we thought we’d partner up with our resident bird expert Lynn Hassler and head back north to spend some time observing the migrating birds that stop by on their travels along the North American flyways. While many species are just passing through, many others will be settling in for the winter in this oasis in the desert. We should spot warblers, vireos, thrushes, flickers, finches and up to four species of towhee. And, of course, surprises are our specialty! Cost of the trip includes transportation, guide services, admission fees and boxed lunch.

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Sandhill Snowbirds

Tuesday, January 16 – SOLD OUT | call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed!

OR Thursday, January 18 (Only 2 spots left!)

7:30am – 5pm | $99 Tohono Chul & Tucson Audubon Society Members, $120 general public

No one ever forgets their first sight, nor sound, of quite literally thousands of Sandhill Cranes filling the wide-open skies above Sulphur Springs Valley. These majestic birds fly with their long necks and legs fully extended, chorusing a wild-sounding guttural bugle in flight. The Cranes are winter visitors to the area, “snowbirds” if you will, and gather to feed on corn stubble and other grain waste. On this daylong birding trip with guide Lynn Hassler, we visit Whitewater Draw to meet Cranes coming back from early morning feeding forays, and to check out the local waterfowl. Sulphur Springs is also a good spot for wintering raptors. Cost of the trip includes transportation, guide services and boxed lunch.

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Death Valley: Geology, Ghost Towns and Glam!

March 4 – 9 | $2395 per person / double occupancy members ($500 single supplement)

Many of us who remember the 1950s, remember Ronald Reagan hosting “Death Valley Days,” a TV western sponsored by 20-Mule Team Borax. That’s what we knew of Death Valley then — desolate vistas, unrelenting heat and borax. Well, prepare to be surprised by the beauty of this amazing out-of-the-way National Park filled with incredible history, geologic mystery and, fingers-crossed, wildflowers! Our personal guides are renowned, southwestern geologist Bob Scarborough and native plant guru, landscape designer and artist, Greg Corman.

Some of the high, and low, points of our travels include the Valley panorama from mile-high Dante’s View down to Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America at 282’ below sea level; long-abandoned borax works and the ghost towns of Rhyolite and Leadfield; the twists and curves of Titus Canyon, the shifting dunes of Mesquite Flats and, of course, Ubehebe Crater!

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First Nations and the Gardens of the North

September 6 – 15, 2018
$4275 per person | double occupancy ($1225 single supplement) | a $500 deposit will hold your spot

Travel that edge with us in 2018 as we encounter the people of the First Nations of British Columbia and experience the world-class gardens of Vancouver and Victoria. Led by respected, second-generation Indian arts trader, Mark Bahti, and renowned horticulturist and landscape artist, Greg Corman; our host is Stephen Bernier of South of the Border Tours.
We’ve included a variety of remarkable experiences from a visit to the first Chinese “scholar’s garden built outside of China and dinner in Vancouver’s Chinatown on day one to ceremonial dances and a traditional seafood feast in the Long House at U’mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay on day eight.

Cost includes three nights at 4-star Westin Bayshore (Vancouver), two nights at 4-star Hotel Grand Pacific (Victoria), two nights at legendary Painter’s Lodge (Campbell River), and two nights at tribally-owned and art-filled Kwa’lilas Hotel (Port Hardy); all meals except two lunches and three dinners; land and water transportation in British Columbia (except during free time in Victoria); admissions and guide fees (except during free time in Victoria and at Painter’s Lodge). Airfare is not included, but recommendations will be made as to best choice flights from Phoenix (non-stop) and bus transportation to and from Sky Harbor Airport will be provided at no charge, based on those flights.

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