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Adventure Awaits Near Our Resort

Surrounded by the awe-inspiring splendor of the Sonoran Desert and cradled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, our historic resort sits near some of Arizona's most favored attractions. From hiking to shopping, or exploring historic places to admiring art all around Tucson, there is something for everyone to do.

Saguaro National Park at arizona

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park offers a captivating desert landscape adorned with iconic saguaro cacti. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, with hiking trails, scenic viewpoints, and a chance to witness stunning sunsets against the backdrop of these majestic plants. Explore the unique ecosystem and experience the tranquility of the desert at this remarkable national park.
Trejo's Walking Tours in Tucson Arizona

Trejo's Walking Tours

Hailing from a lineage of Tucson residents spanning seven generations, Mauro Trejo's family roots date back to the city's Spanish Presidio in 1780. Mauro leads engaging tours, including Tucson History Walking Tours, Barrio Viejo Walking Tour, and Santa Cruz River History Talk, along with customizable options. These unique tours are limited, so be sure to schedule today!

Horseback Riding at Arizona

Horseback Riding

Embrace the true essence of the Southwest the way it was meant to be - on horseback! Although we no longer provide horseback riding at our ranch, you can arrange a ride with Houston's Horseback Riding. They cater to riders of all levels, ensuring an enjoyable experience amidst the stunning Sonoran Desert landscape.


Nature Tours/Bird Guide

Nature InSight LLC is guided by a local Tucsonan, Scott Wilbor, who offers outstanding nature/birding experiences throughout Southeast Arizona. Explore and learn local birds, other wildlife, plants, and their ecology. Discover our unique Sonoran Desert ecosystem and surrounding "Sky Island" mountains. Bring your camera to capture the tremendous beauty of the places you will be guided through, too!

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Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac, known as the "White Dove of the Desert," is a historic Spanish mission located in Tucson, Arizona. This stunning example of Spanish Colonial architecture dates back to the 18th century and showcases intricate artwork, religious significance, and cultural heritage. Visitors can explore its remarkable beauty, learn about its history, and appreciate its role as a living testament to the region's past.

DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun

DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun

Home to six permanent collections that depict the Southwest's historical moments and indigenous cultures, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is Ettore DeGrazia's artistic legacy. This 10-acre National Historic District, situated at the crossroads of Swan Road and Skyline in Tucson, Arizona, embodies the Southwestern essence through expressionistic adobe structures nestled amid the serene desert landscape. 

Downtown Tucson at Arizona

Downtown Tucson

Downtown Tucson pulses with vibrant energy, blending modern urban life with Southwestern charm. Discover a dynamic mix of restaurants, shops, galleries, and cultural venues that reflect the city's rich heritage. Stroll through historic streets, immerse yourself in local art, and savor diverse cuisine. From the bustling Mercado San Agustin to the historic Fox Theatre, downtown Tucson offers a captivating blend of tradition and innovation for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Old Tucson

Old Tucson

Step back in time at Old Tucson, a legendary Western film set turned theme park. Immerse yourself in the Wild West era with old-timey buildings, live reenactments, and thrilling entertainment. Experience gunfights, stunt shows, and vintage charm as you explore this iconic attraction, which has served as the backdrop for numerous Hollywood movies and TV shows. Enjoy family-friendly activities, delicious dining, and a taste of the Old West's adventurous spirit in the heart of the Arizona desert.

Ventana Canyon Golf at Arizona

Ventana Canyon Golf

Only a 10-minute drive from our resort, this 600-acre scenic property boasts 18-hole championship golf courses. Hacienda del Sol guests receive an exclusive discount. For more information about Ventana Canyon Golf Club, click here. To book a tee time, please call us at 520-299-1501 to receive your discounted rate!

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Embark on a one-of-a-kind desert experience unlike any museum you've encountered. Explore winding walking trails. Visit the fusion zoo or head over to the botanical garden. Catch a glimpse of the depths at Warden Aquarium or descend into a limestone cave at the Earth Sciences Center. If you're visiting during the right time, you might get to see native birds of prey take flight in Raptor Free Flight.

Colossal Caves Mountain Park at Arizona

Colossal Caves Mountain Park

Nestled amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Colossal Caves Mountain Park is ideal for hiking, biking, and exploring the great outdoors in Arizona. Feel your spirit awaken as you take in unforgettable views of the horizon. Enjoy horseback riding through the scenic landscape or descend on a walking tour into the fascinating geological caves. 
hacienda del sol guest ranch resort - Tucson Arizona - Finger Rock Canyon

Finger Rock Canyon

Nestled within the Santa Catalina Mountains and encompassed by the Coronado National Forest, Finger Rock Canyon stands as a beloved Tucson hiking haven. Its 100-foot rock formation, resembling an index finger reaching skyward, serves as a prominent natural marker. Renowned for its demanding trails and breathtaking vistas, this destination ranks among Tucson's premier hikes.

Pima Air & Space Museum at Arizona

Pima Air & Space Museum

Enter one of the world's largest privately funded aviation and space museums. Explore a collection of 350+ aircraft spanning human flight's inception to the modern era. Witness WWII aircraft up close and delve into six indoor exhibit hangars showcasing legendary skyborne creations.

La Encantada at Tucson

La Encantada

This outdoor retail mecca is home to unique shops, a diverse array of dining options, salons, a workout studio, and a cryotherapy center. With its elegant architecture, open walkways, and sprawling courtyard, this La Encantada is one of Tucson's favorite shopping and dining destinations.
University of Arizona at Tucson

University of Arizona

Discover knowledge and innovation at the University of Arizona, a prestigious institution known for its cutting-edge research and vibrant campus life. From renowned academic programs to exciting cultural events, immerse yourself in a dynamic learning environment nestled in the heart of Tucson, Arizona. Explore world-class facilities, engage with diverse communities, and experience the spirit of academic excellence that defines this esteemed university.