The mountains that seems to be floating in the backround are the Santa Rita Mountains, part of the Coronado National Forest. The Santa Ritas form the Tucson valley's southern boundary. You're looking southeast with me from my vantage point along the David Yetman trail in the Tucson mountains.
In the photo above, the cities of Tucson and South Tucson lie to your left. You wouldn't be able to see either city, however, or hear the sound of cars and trucks on Interstate 10, because the Tucson Mountains intervene (photo on right.)
Nestled in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains are the communities of Tucson Estates II (foreground above) and Tucson Mountain Sanctuary (left above.)
44,000 acres of green desert surround TE2 and Tucson Mountain Sanctuary, with scores of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Stands of giant saguaro cacti put you in mind of the old western movies with John Wayne. Actually, any movie with both John Wayne and saguaros was shot in part just over that mountain (photo with sign) at the Old Tucson Studios.
Interested? Homes in the two communities range in price from the mid $100,000s to $400,000 or so.
Ten minutes away, and still on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, is the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, one of the ten best zoos in the world. The emphasis is on natural habitat. The mountain lion on the right is one of their most well known "critters."
During the summer, when daytime temperatures climb over 100 degrees, the Desert Museum is open at night on Saturdays. With two excellent restaurants, it makes for an enchanted evening!
Photos copyright Mike in Tucson