>> Road Trip to Tucson…

Ken Henderson asked on the GMCnet for things to see on his 1,850 miles trip from Americus, Georgia. Here are some of the responses. If you have a place you would like to suggest, please do add it to our blog. Thank you and see in Tucson!

Weatherford, Texas


Video of museum:

Maricopa, Arizona



8 Responses to Road Trip to Tucson

  • Another neat place is the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument which is about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. This was built by ancient inhabitants of Arizona.
    It is near the town of Casa Grande, AZ.

  • Tucson – http://www.airplaneboneyards.com/davis-monthan-afb-amarg-airplane-boneyard.htm


    “The largest aircraft boneyard in the world”.

    With the area’s low humidity in the 10%-20% range, meager rainfall of 11″ annually, hard alkaline soil, and high altitude of 2,550 feet allowing the aircraft to be naturally preserved for cannibalization or possible reuse, Davis-Monthan is the logical choice for a major storage facility.
    Stacks of Republic F-84F Thunderstreaks at Davis-Monthan AFB awaiting scrapping in November, 1958

    The geology of the desert allows aircraft to be moved around without having to pave the storage areas.

  • If you are coming from the East I would suggest spending some time in New Mexico. Carlsbad Caverns is a must see kind of place that could be added to your trip just after you visit the space alien city of Roswell. White Sands National Monument is pretty interesting too and also near your route. We would also suggest City of Rocks State Park which is a few miles off of the I-10 freeway but worth the trip (the number of spots with power and water is very limited).

  • The spring winds will be blowing in Mar/Apr. cross the area around Deming New Mexico in the early morning hours. Winds start getting strong in the afternoon. Many great stops along the way. Monahans (tx) Sand Dunes State Park is good n has camping. Las Cruces NM on the west border of ElPaso Tx had good camping.

  • In the far SE corner fo Arizona is Chiricahua National Monument. Best getting there off of I10 on Hwy 186 out of Wilcox. The campground has sites with Electricity only. Water is available for filling you tank and there is a dump station. The campground is far enough away from Tucson that at night there is NO city glow, so star gazing is great. Only one light in the campground at the bathrooms so you need flashlights to get around at night. VERY DARK at night. Great hiking paths at the monument. A National Monument, so your National Parks Senior pass gets you 50% off on camping. Off the beaten path and worth the time to get there.

  • Karchner Caverns State Park near Benson AZ is worth the stop. A Great campground and nice tour of the cave. Only a few miles South of I10 at Benson AZ on HWY 90.

  • If you are into star gazing, then the UT Austin McDonald Observatory is a “must see”.

    Located near Davis Mountains State Park and Fort Davis, TX, it is known as one of the “darkest night skies in N. America” and perfect for studying the stars with one of the world’s largest telescopes such as the Hobby-Everly Telescope with it’s 11-meter(433-inch) mirror!

    The Universtity of Texas attracts serious astronomy professionals from all around the globe where astronomers submit proposals to use these (5) world class telescopes for searching planets around stars, studying distant galaxies, exploding stars, black holes and more.

    If interested, make advance reservations ASAP.

    Go to their website for more information:

    Davis Mountains State Park is nearby.
    See link for rates and other information.

    Must be there at night (duh) for the Twilight Program and the Star Party. Plan accordingly as these programs are only available on Tu, Fr, & Sa and fill up fast. Take a couple layers to ward off the nighttime and altitude chill.


    Located in West Texas on Hwy. 118, just 25 miles south of I-10.
    Take the Kent Exit #176 and head south.

    McDonald Observatory
    3640 Dark Sky Drive
    Fort Davis, Texas 79734

  • Received an email from John Wright:

    There are new requirements at the Pima Air and Space Museum to visit the “Boneyard”! You must now have a reservation obtained at least 10+ days in advance in order to take the tour. Attached is the shortcut to the website. No longer can you get your tickets the same day you visit the museum.


    To get to the Boneyard reservation page highlight VISIT then scroll down to Boneyard reservation request. Fill out the form with the information requested and submit the request.
    They will call you to schedule. This is all new as of Nov 1 2017. Even I as a member is subjected to the same procedure.

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