Tucson Highlights

saguaro mutation, Saguaro National Park

A mutation produces the fan-like crest on a saguaro in Saguaro National Park.

Desert-loving writer Anne Burke took off for Tucson, Ariz., searching for fun, food, and flora. She unearthed a few surprises. Do you know what a sod poodle is? Want to know where to find a rare crested saguaro? Curious about happened to the hot dog that ventured south of the border? Want the scoop on the best Mexican restaurant in Tucson? You can find out those and other Tucson fun facts by reading her stories below:

The Prairie Dogs of Tucson: Sod Poodles Return At the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, you can observe prairie dogs kissing, eating, and staring you down with their big black eyes.

The Sonoran Desert's Rare and Spectacular Plants Saguaro National Park in Tucson and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a couple hours to the west, put on spectacular pageants of color, form, and texture.

Tucson’s El Charro Café: Art and Eats This locals’s favorite is as much a gallery of Mexican folk art as it is a food destination.

Sonoran Hot Dogs: A Tucson Treat The Sonoran hot dog is as familiar to locals as the ubiquitous saguaro cactus and is a favorite with the lunchtime crowd.

This blog post was first published in April 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.


A totally different Mexican Resturant is POCA COSA in downtown Tucson. Not your usual beans, tacos or burritos. Food is very fresh and great cocktails! A very hip vibe!

great teasers but big disappointment. no real info.