Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents.
The Tucson Mountains define the western edge of Tucson. Just over the top, you descend into the Tucson Mountain Park where the desert still exists just as it did in the time of the Old West.
Old Tucson started life as a movie set depicting a typical town in the old west. It has been developed into a theme park where visitors can step back into time and get a feel for the physical structures of the time period. There is no better setting for learning about the human interactions of the same period. Many of the programs and educational opportunities available at Old Tucson meet the Arizona Academic Standards for Social Studies as well as being a lot of fun for visitors. At Old Tucson, learning becomes an adventure.
Just up Kinney Road lies the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a world-class facility for understanding the flora and fauna of the desert. It and the ASWHF are a must-see for understanding life in the desert.
The Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation is expanding the scope of Old Tucson into a setting for the depiction of humankind’s interaction with the desert. With the involvement of the ASWHF, Old Tucson will become a place where visitors and local residents can gain a true understanding of life in the desert in the last half of the 1800s.
Our goal is to complement The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum by offering up the human element in completing a comprehensive geotourism experience for visitors to our region.