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Tucson Travel Guide

Adventure Is Just Moments Away!

With our Tucson travel guide, exploring the surrounding area is simple, fun and exciting. Day trips to Mexico and the historic towns of Tombstone and Bisbee provide a taste of the Old West for true adventure seekers. Tubac's artist community is located 45 minutes south of the resort for fine arts shopping. Wherever you go or whatever you do, the relaxing luxury of your suite is waiting when you return.

Starr Pass now offers weekly activities provided by Jodie our Activity Director. Every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, Jodie entertains guests with her signature Nature Walk and Art Under the Umbrella. At 7 a.m. Jodie begins the Nature Walk by taking guests through the resort and neighboring trails, while pointing out Tucson’s flora and fauna. At 9:30am, Art Under the Umbrella begins and Jodie helps guests to paint, decorate, and create a wide range of arts and crafts with a Southwest flair. These crafts include creating wind chimes, necklaces, walking sticks, flagstone art, and many more made from materials found in the Sonoran Desert.

Quick Area Guide

Destination Distance:

San Xavier Mission 25 minutes
Old Tucson Studios 20 minutes
Tubac 60 minutes
Green Valley 45 minutes
Nogales, Mexico 1.5 hours
Tombstone 1.5 hours
Patagonia 60 minutes
Mount Lemon 1.5 hours

Tucson Attractions & Museums

Nearby you’ll find the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, a renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. The museum has enchanted millions of visitors with its exhibits of live animals in astonishingly natural settings, and has gained a worldwide repute in the scientific community as an institution committed to researching and protecting the land, plants, and the animals of the Sonoran Desert region. (520) 883-2702.

One of the most beautifully preserved Spanish Missions in the Southwest, Mission San Xavier del Bac, is only a short seven-mile drive away. This mission is one of the most popular attractions in Tucson with Native American artisans and a cafe on-site, this is a must see destination during your visit.

Experience a stunning limestone cave in Southeastern Arizona that boasts world-class features. Kartchner Caverns State Park, discovered in 1974, is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Water percolates from the surface and calcite formations continue to grow, including stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmites reaching up from the ground. Tour guides will unveil this fascinating underground landscape during a memorable 90-minute tour.

Saguaro National Park is home to one of the largest Saguaro forests in the world. Not only will you get a chance to see these giants whose silhouettes characterize the desert landscape, but abundant Sonoran wildlife will also add to your experience.

Sabino Canyon is the highlight of any Tucson experience. Hiking this large chasm in the Santa Catalina Mountains will lead you to Seven Falls, a magnificent oasis at the end of a six-mile hike. Shuttle and tram rides are also available by reservation. (520) 749-8700.

Kitt Peak is home to the world's largest collection of optical telescopes, and is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, is home to twenty-four optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions.

Tombstone, made famous for the 1881 shootout at the O.K. Corral, is a short one-hour drive away. You can enjoy shopping, shootout reenactments and horse drawn carriage tours of this colorful old west town.

Go horseback riding at Cocoraque Ranch. Ride through cool, lush mountain trails, trickling creeks, exciting panoramic views. (520) 682-8594.

Discover the beautiful Southern Arizona desert with ATV Desert Tours. (520) 682-3669.

Not far from the resort is the University of Arizona campus - home of the Wildcats! Whether you are visiting the campus for an orientation tour or an alumni watching Wildcats basketball, your travel plans are sure to bring you to Starr Pass Golf Suites.

Geocaching: Take on an affordable adventure and go geocaching! Experience the various trails along in Tucson and discover a treasure or two along the way.

Starr Pass Golf Suites on-site activities coordinator is happy to assist you in finding the perfect Tucson activities for your visit. Contact us at (520) 670-0500.


Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club
3645 W Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, AZ 85745
(800) 503-2898

When Richard Starr carved a trail through the rugged Tucson Mountains, the legend of Starr Pass began.  A true desert course, the Starr Pass Golf Course uses the rugged desert nature as natural hazards, while simultaneously showcasing majestic vistas of the Catalina Mountains.

Starr Pass was selected by PGA Tour Commissioner, Dean Beaman as he was inspired by the natural beauty and rugged terrain.  With the help of renowned Golf Course Designer, Bob Cupp, and PGA Tour Professional, Craig Stadler, they helped create a world class TPC Golf Facility. Starr Pass hosted the annual Tucson Open between 1987 and 1996. During that time, the third (#3 Rattler) and fifth hole (#5 Rattler) were rated two of the most difficult holes on the PGA Tour with the average score for 18 holes ranking among the highest on tour as well. Legends such as Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Payne Stewart and Nancy Lopez, to name a few, have all carved their way through this historic golf course.

A 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Facility with a double-loaded driving range, relaxing 20,000 square foot clubhouse and top-quality pro shop await you at the Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club. 


Rattler Course
The longest nine-hole course features a stunning view of Tucson and the nearby mountain vistas.
3,490 yards.

Roadrunner Course
This course offers beautiful, unsurpassed views of the surrounding desert terrain. This rugged terrain with dramatic elevation changes will test players of all levels.
3,241 yards.

Coyote Course
The Coyote course is a peaceful and serene area of the golf course in which you are likely to see desert wildlife in their natural habitat.
3,512 yards.


Green Game
To help protect our natural habitats and grow golf course employees into environmental stewards, Starr Pass Golf Club is Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Starr Pass Golf Club demonstrates a high degree of environmental quality through Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management; Outreach and Education; Water Conservation and Water Quality Management.


Ready to book a tee time at Starr Pass? Simply call (520) 670-0400 or (800) 503-2898.

2010 Rates

June 1 through September 30
Regular - $79
Twilight - $49
Junior - $25

October 1 through December 31
Regular - $159
Twilight - $90
Junior - $65

Twilight times vary by season. All fees listed above are for unlimited golf that includes golf car and use of practice facility for the day. Sales taxes are not included in the posted rate. Fees and taxes are subject to change.

University of Arizona Student Golfers
University of Arizona students may receive the Twilight Rate at anytime. Tee times may be booked by students who show a current/valid U of A form of identification at check-in. Tee times may be booked no more than three days in advance.

Ventana Canyon
6200 N. Clubhouse Lane
Tucson, Arizona 85715
(520) 577-1400

Canyon Course
Golf Magazine awarded this Tom Fazio designed course, which winds its way through the Esperero Canyon at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains a “Silver Medal.”  The canyon course takes full advantage of the natural desert landscape of the foothills, and is part of a 600-acre preserve.

Mountain Course
The Mountain Course at Ventana Canyon winds its way up into the surrounding Santa Catalina Mountains and curves down through Sabino Canyon.  The most incredible hole is the par 3, which shows golfers awe-inspiring views of the nearby canyon.

955 W. Vistoso Highlands Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85737
(520) 797-9900

Vistoso, designed by Tom Weiskoph, is a true desert-style course with bermuda grass greens and surrounded by the Sonoran Desert.  In the distance in all directions are the beautiful Santa Catalina and Tortalita Mountains. 

Voted Best Public Course in Tucson - Golf Digest; 4 1/2 star rating - Golf Digest; Top 100 Courses in U.S.- Golf for women; Best Public Course in Southern Arizona - Desert Golf. 

Arizona National
9777 E. Sabino Greens Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85749
(520) 749-3636

This championship design created by Robert Trent Jones Jr offers a classic golf experience in a natural Sonoran Desert environment.  The layout of the course follows the terrains natural flow and features some of the most unforgettable scenery in the Southwest. 

Voted Top Golf Course in Tucson (Arizona Republic); Top Five in Golf Services Worldwide (Golf Digest); Top 100 Courses You Can Play (Golf Magazine). Full service pro shop, dining at Wildcat Grill, and a comprehensive learning center are also on property.


Callaghan Vineyards
336 Elgin Road
Elgin, AZ 85611
Phone: (520) 455-5322

Domaines Ellam Winery
HC1 Box 46, Elgin
Elgin, AZ 85611
Phone: (520) 455-9309

Kief-Joshua Vineyards
370 Elgin Road, HC1, Box 31
Elgin, AZ 85611
Phone: (520) 455-5582


Seasonal Averages for Tucson, Arizona:

Month Avg. High Avg. Low
Jan 66°F 33°F
Feb 70°F 36°F
Mar 74°F 40°F
Apr 82°F 44°F
May 90°F 53°F
Jun 99°F 62°F
Jul 99°F 70°F
Aug 97°F 68°F
Sep 94°F 62°F
Oct 85°F 50°F
Nov 74°F 39°F
Dec 66°F 33°F