Two aging, arthritic mountain lions have been retired from exhibit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - and a mountain lion cub will go on exhibit in their place today.
As children play in a multi-use field at Grijalva Park, they will be connected to an athlete and hero who grew up and played in the Midvale Park subdivision.
In Saguaro National Park East, this portion of the Garwood Trail looks more like a ditch than a pathway. Park officials are tackling the most severely rutted trails, repairing and rerouting them.
Horses' hooves, storm runoff and natural erosion have cut trenches up to 2 feet deep in some trails at Saguaro National Park East.
Nearly three dozen horses and burros that have been roaming wild on the range will be offered for adoption this month in Sonoita.
Tucson rock climber Steven Johnson - found dead on a cliff Monday after suffering hundreds of bee stings - was remembered Wednesday as a spirited climber and valued friend.
Tucson rock climber Steven Johnson — found dead on a cliff Monday after suffering hundreds of bee stings — was remembered Wednesday as a spirited climber and valued friend.
Many of us head for mountain forests as summer heat comes on - and a new book by a Tucson author could enrich your experience in the cool, green woods.
A national conservation area east of Sierra Vista will be rededicated Saturday as a "globally important bird area."
Catalina State Park - a preserve of grand desert landscapes and curvaceous canyons set against a backdrop of the craggy Catalina Mountains - turns 30 years old this month.
Catalina State Park — a preserve of grand desert landscapes and curvaceous canyons set against a backdrop of the craggy Catalina Mountains — turns 30 years old this month.
Saguaros in the Tucson area are producing flowers, which customarily would bloom more heavily in May and June.
The first brilliant white blooms of saguaro cacti - the state flower of Arizona - are bursting out in Sabino Canyon and other sites around Tucson.
The tourism industry in Tucson relies on a diverse mix of workers - from the people who clean hotel rooms to mountain guides who lead visitors on technical rock climbs.
Tucson's Reid Park Rose Garden - a floral spectacle featuring more than 100 species of roses and 800 individual plants - has won a Garden of the Year award from the American Rose Society.
Officials sealed off wildcat shooting areas in Redington Pass after a recent cleanup, but vandals have damaged signs like the one above.
Rogue shooters have shot up a "Shooting Prohibited" sign on Redington Pass, and vandals smashed another sign to the ground - just weeks after an event marking a cleanup of trashed-out shooting sites.
No fishing for sand trout at the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary loop trail. Photo taken 12/11/09.
The prickly pear cactus is known for its bright yellow flowers, and they're just starting to bloom in the deserts around Tucson. Saguaro National Park and the lower Catalina Mountains are good places to see them.
The hedgehog cactus puts out a pink-purple floral display.
It could be shaping up as a banner year for cactus blooms.
El clima ya se está calentando, el desierto está floreciendo y hay otra señal de que ha llegado la primavera: han salido las cascabeles.
The weather is warming, the desert is blooming - and there's another, somewhat more sobering sign of spring: Rattlesnakes are out.
Tim Bowden made it - with a bit of energy to spare and a lot of inspiration to share.
Cactus gardens, a cholla maze, desert trees in bloom, and free prickly-pear snow cones are among the attractions at a celebration Sunday at Pima Prickly Park.
Forest fire experts usually base part of their annual fire outlook on whether the dominant weather pattern is the so-called El Niño or the opposite La Niña.
A springtime walk on the Pima Canyon Trail can be a bonanza of beauty - and also a bit of a bummer.
"Simon says leave him" is written in bright red paint across the face of a boulder near the trailhead of Pima Canyon, just north of Tucson. It's not the only instance of defacement of nature, and attempts to remove the graffiti are difficult.
A cleanup of trashed-out shooting sites has been completed in Redington Pass east of Tucson - and events at the pass next weekend will highlight the many recreation opportunities there.
Hikers set off on extreme treks for all kinds of reasons - everything from building endurance to seeking solitude or reaching remote sites in the wild.
The huge Gila monster sculpture includes a literary device - the lizard is reading a book. The art is in the Dunbar Spring Neighborhood.
It's not every day that you see an 8-foot-long Gila monster lounging beside a city street.
Here's an opportunity to step back in time - we're talking about 13,000 years ago - at a Southern Arizona site where mammoths once roamed.
Poppies are sprouting in several areas, including along the Ringtail Trail, above, in Saguaro National Park West.
A fairy duster reveals its wispy flowers along the Finger Rock Trail in the Santa Catalinas.
A desert chicory flowers along the Catalina Highway.
Globemallow often sprouts along roadways. This one was flowering along the Catalina Highway.
A combo of colors emerges with a phacelia and a Mexican gold poppy along the Catalina Highway.
Our bloom is not a bust after all.
Fairy duster along the Finger Rock Trail on March 10, 2013.
Mexican gold popplies. Photo taken along the Catalina Highway on March 12, 2013. Photo by Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star
Photo taken along the Catalina Highway on March 12, 2013. Photo by Doug Kreutz / Arizona Daily Star