We all can use a little adventure in our lives. If you’re looking for something new to do in Arizona, you may want to check out these lesser known spots.
1. Arizona Falls, Phoenix
Located right along the Phoenix-Scottsdale border at 56th Street and Indian School, Arizona Falls is a small hydroelectric plant turned public art installation.
2. Bat viewing in east Phoenix
Normally, we think that viewing bats almost always includes traveling to a cave. Not so in our state's capitol, though. The Flood Control Channel at 40th Street and Camelback acts as a roosting area for Mexican free-tailed bats. Check out the
Arizona Game and Fish website
for more information.
3. Corona Satellite Calibration Targets, Casa Grande
Whoa, satellite targets in Casa Grande? Yes. And this is one of the few remaining vestiges of the Cold War coming to Arizona.
This was part of a spy satellite program the U.S. launched in order to keep an eye on the Soviet Union and other potentially suspicious countries. The calibration targets, like this one in Casa Grande, served as a focusing point for the satellite lenses.
4. The Domes, Casa Grande
Now, I know we've reported on this place before, but we get new readers every day, so for many, this is something new. Looking like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, the Domes are oddly designed but also a real structure sitting in Casa Grande. Beware attempting to visit; they are located on private property.
5. Museum of the Horse Soldier, Tucson
This cool little museum is a must-see for any history buffs. It is dedicated to all the U.S. soldiers who served while on horseback, as well as the horses themselves. Check out their
website for more information
6. Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum, Willcox
Younger folks who didn't grow up watching Westerns and other similarly themed media probably won't be familiar with the Arizona Cowboy, but did you know Rex Allen also narrated the 1973 film "Charlotte's Web?" The museum has everything you could want to know about Allen, including displays of his instruments and costumes.
An interesting fact? This building once was home to the Schley Saloon and is one of the oldest commercial buildings in Willcox.
7. Rose Tree Museum, Tombstone
Touted at the world's largest rosebush, it was planted in 1886 and somehow managed to survive life in the southern Arizona desert for 130 years. The tree shades an area of approximately 9,000 square feet and the accompanying museum will give you some insight in daily life in Tombstone during that time period.
8. World's Smallest Museum, Superior
Moving from the world's largest to the world's smallest, this museum was built in a teeny, tiny shed next to a restaurant and surprisingly holds a pretty decent exhibit. If you happen to be in Superior, check out the Buckboard City Cafe so that you can also see this museum for yourseslf.