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Brochures and maps about local and out of town Arizona recreation facilities and sightseeing attractions, menus from my favorite restaurants and bird watching and nature books and binoculars are on display in the living room or in the front hall...There are records, tapes, and books in the living room that you may use; games are in the chest with the photos on top of it. Daily paper and TV guide are usually on the family room coffee table. Ask host about toys.

Step back in time and play a stack of 50's pop or folk albums
or classic Broadway show tunes on a certified antique record
player. (You know it's antique when you can't find parts to fix it!)

Outdoor Recreation

Hot Tub

Bed and Bagels’ outdoor hot tub is available for use year round. If you want to use it, ask us to turn it on or to show you how to do it. It takes about an hour to heat.


Bed and Bagels’ pool is refreshing in spring, summer, and fall, but very expensive to heat in the winter. Public heated 25 meter pools nearby are available for a nominal daily fee at Udall Park (see below) and, for a reasonable daily or weekly individual or family guest fee, at Club La Mariposa (see below).  If you’re dying to swim in a lake (or fish or go boating), the nearest place is Lake Patagonia, about 1 ½ hours from Bed and Bagels. (See below)

Udall Park and Recreation Center

Public park and recreation center with fitness facilities, indoor jogging track, and heated outdoor pool. Daily pool fee of only $3.00 for adults, $.75 for kids under 18. At Tanque Verde and Sabino Canyon Roads. Free outdoor concerts there in June and September.  791-4873

Club La Mariposa

Tucson’s best kept secret is this fabulous fitness and sport facility one mile south on Houghton - between Tanque Verde and Speedway.  For a reasonable daily or weekly membership fee, an individual or family can enjoy use of all the facilities: 25 meter heated outdoor pool and hot tub, 12 lighted tennis courts, use of ball machine, golf driving range, racquet ball, and excellent workout equipment. (Reduced fee for pool use only.) Short-term child care service on the premises, by appointment.

Jewish Community Center (River Road and Dodge).

Many activities, fabulous fitness and tennis  facilities, pool, gym, pre-school, after care, summer day camps. Open to all. Excellent rental library of films of Jewish interest. 299-3000. Daily guest fee: $10 for adults; $5.00 for children 2-12. Located at River and Dodge.  299-3000.                                               


Twelve lighted courts await you at Club La Mariposa (see above listing) for a $15.00 per day fee, entitling you to full use of the Club’s facilities. You may want to experience play at the southwest’s flagship Randolph Tennis Center (, a 20 minute drive. Randolph, with its 25 courts, was named facility of the year in 1993 by the United States Tennis Association and hosts more tournaments than any other facility in the Southwest, including USTA National Championships. Both La Mariposa and Randolph have excellent children’s tennis programs.


Two adult and two children’s bikes and bike pump are available at Bed and Bagels for your use. Serious cyclists may want to contact the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association for information on bike trails, group rides, and club activities: or Southwest Trekking, 296-9661 for guided mountain bike trips.


Nearest and fanciest golf course (five minute drive from Bed and Bagels): Arizona National (formerly Raven at Sabino Springs):749-3636.

Information on Tucson’s  five municipal golf courses: 791-GOLF. Closest ones to Bed and Bagels are Randolph, at 600 S. Alvernon Way, and Fred Enke, at 8251 E. Irvington.


Tucson Electric Park…spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox, and home of the Tucson Sidewinders triple-A baseball team. Tickets: 434-1111.

Horseback Riding

Pantano Stables. Nearby and versatile, offering short, long, sunset, and dinner rides. 4450 S. Houghton Road. 298-8980. See also Colossal Cave below.

Boy and horse get acquainted before a trail ride.

Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
Check-in to this top-rated historic western resort and choose  your mount from more than 100 horses. Three daily rides according to ability level. Experienced riders can lope if they  prove their ability in daily ride tests given in the corral. Full resort activities, children's programs. Short stays possible, depending on availability.  For serious riding, check in to nearby Tanque Verde Guest Ranch for a few days:  296-6275.

Photo courtesy of Tanque Verde Guest Ranch


Tucson and southern Arizona is a mecca for hikers, and Bed and Bagels has guidebooks and schedules of escorted hikes sponsored by Tucson Audubon Society (,the Sierra Club (, and the Southern Arizona Hiking Club (


Best Nearby Hike/Bike Spots

Bed and Bagels’ neighborhood:

End of my street (Glenn) falls into gravel road leading to a wash (dry riverbed). Across the wash are many trails. Excellent for jogging or walking/running dogs.

Agua Caliente Park

Walk (1 hour) or bike (20 minutes) to this oasis in the desert, complete with palm trees, warm spring, ponds teeming with ducks and other water birds, picnic tables, restrooms. Walk, bike, or drive east on Glenn (right) to Conejo, left to Ft. Lowell, right to Soldier Trail (about 2 miles), left for about 1/2 mile till you see a sign for Agua Caliente. Ideal for breakfast picnic.

Upper Tanque Verde Falls

Gorgeous secluded canyon - sandy beach (muddy since the 2003 Catalina mountains fires), pools of water, rock formations, and falls (the latter depending on how much rain there’s been recently), nude sunbathers!  Go left on Houghton to Tanque Verde, left on Tanque Verde till it ends in a gravel road. Continue for about ½ mile on road till you see a Coronado National Forest welcome sign.  SET ODOMETER. Trailhead (which is easy to miss) is one mile from the sign, on the right side of the road. Walk is just 20 minutes along a scenic trail with nary a sign of civilization visible after the first hundred yards! Dogs allowed on trail. If they’ll come back to you when called and won’t attack other dogs, you can let them off leash.

Saguaro East National Park

Sonoran desert landscape par excellence…There is a visitor’s center, scenic 8 mile drive, and many hiking trails, as well as a 6 mile bike trail that parallels Old Spanish Trail between the Park and Broadway.  733-5153. Visit Saguaro West one day when you’re at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. See Sightseeing link. Take Houghton south (left) and turn left on Old Spanish Trail (light after 22nd st.) and follow signs. Park is about 3 miles from Houghton.

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Beautiful wilderness park, with visitor center, picnic areas, hiking trails, and multiple “beach” areas. Narrated tram ride with daily unlimited on/off privileges ($6.00; $2.50 for children 3-12) Tram info: 749-2861. From Bed and Bagels, go west on Tanque Verde Rd. for about 4 miles, right on Sabino Canyon. Follow signs and keep right when road splits. It is about 4 miles. $5.00 parking fee.  For info about park and current conditions: 749-8700 Best hikes: Seven Falls.  About 8 miles round trip from the Visitor’s Center.  Walk or take Bear Canyon tram to Bear Canyon trailhead. (About 6 miles if you take the tram, which costs $3.00 round trip); Hutch’s Pool. Trailhead is at the last stop on the main tram (Stop 9). Hike is about 4 miles each way. If you find the place (watch for cairns pointing the way from beginning of West Fork trail) there is wonderful swimming in the long deep pool.  There is also a scenic swimming hole that shares a trailhead with Hutch’s Pool. Instead of going up, go down to the left and walk Sabino Creek trail (1/2 mile) for about 10 minutes. As of Sept. ‘03, the Canyon’s waters were sooty from aftermath of summer fires and runoff from subsequent floods.

Mt. Lemmon

There are many hiking trails on the way up Mt. Lemmon, a scenic one hour drive up the mountain, with 7000 foot elevation gain, complete change of habitat (from Saguaros to pine forest) and 20 degree drop in temperature in the summer. Road leading up the mountain (Catalina Highway) is about a mile from Bed and Bagels. There is often snow at the top in winter and there’s a small ski area there. Cute little A-frame restaurant at the top in village of Summerhaven was spared by the fire and has great pies and many hummingbird feeders where you can see different varieties of hummers close up. (Village of Summerhaven at the top and thousands of acres destroyed by fire - summer of 2003.) For current Mt. Lemmon information, call 749-8700.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

This desert park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cave and ranch tours, museum exhibits, stagecoach and horseback rides. About 23 miles from Bed and Bagels. Houghton south to Old Spanish Trail, turn left and stay on road till the park. 647-7275.

Patagonia Lake and State Park

This popular fishing, swimming, and boating lake has a campground, picnic tables, bathhouses, bait and camp grocery store, boat ramp, marina  with boat rentals, and ranger-led activities. Lake is home to bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie and is stocked with rainbow trout in the winter. Handicapped accessible. About 1 ½ hours from Bed and Bagels.   (520) 287-6965

Directions: I-10 East to Hwy 83 South to Hwy 82. Hwy 82, 7 miles past the town of Patagonia

Salt River Tubing

Hands down, the best hot weather activity around and well worth the 2 ½ hour drive from Bed and Bagels. Rent a large inner tube for $12.00 and you and tube are transported upriver and dropped off at a shallow spot from where you float at various speeds, depending on water level down to various exit points at 2, 4, and 6 hour intervals – again depending on water flow. Bus brings you back to your starting place and car. River is cold and delicious. Scenery gorgeous. Facility sells round Styrofoam coolers for about $20.00 that fit inside a special tube you can rent to carry it. Bring lots of water, sun block, shoes to wear in the water, hat, cord to loosely tie tubes together if you are in a group, mesh drag bag to keep drinks cool if you don’t want to bother with a cooler. Glass containers are prohibited and all coolers and bags are checked for them. Tubers must be eight years and older. Life jackets available for rent at facility or bring your own for non-swimmers and children. Salt River Tubing is located in northeast Mesa, 15 miles north of U.S. 60 (Superstition Highway) on Power Rd.

Open daily in summer (depending on water flow), weekends in September. Always call to verify availability: (480)984-3305.

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1320 N. Bush Highway Mesa, AZ


Bed and Bagels of Tucson
Your Children-, Birder-, and Pet-Welcoming Bed and Breakfast
Sharon Arkin, Host
10402 E. Glenn St.
Tucson, AZ 85749
cell: 520-603-1580


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