Our tours are organized and escorted by Pleasurebent Tours of Tucson. Green Valley Recreation has had a long term and very positive relationship with Pleasurebent Tours. Our tours leave from Desert Hills Social Center upper parking lot at the advertised time. The tours can be purchased at any Major Social Center office or online.
The tour fee includes motor coach transportation, tour director, admissions, advertised meal (tax and tip) and driver tip. Because of the necessity of the tour company to pre-arrange and pre-pay for bus accommodations, admission tickets and meals, no refunds will be issued after the cancellation date stated on the reservation confirmation. All trips are open to GVR Members and their guests.
Be sure to pick up a course catalog and check out all of the tours!
Please note the last date for cancellation of a trip. Because of contractual commitments, refunds can not be made after the cancellation date.
Casa Grande Ruins and Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
Tuesday, January 31
We have combined two great attractions to make one wonderful day trip. We begin our outing with a stop at the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. The ancient Sonoran Desert people built the compound around 1350 C.E. and the “great house” is one of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America. Spend some time exploring the ruins and the visitor’s center before we head to the Queen Creek Olive Mill. This is Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill and they produce boutique, hand-crafted extra virgin olive oils. We’ll enjoy an informative Olive Oil 101 class to learn how this unique farm is operated as well as the history of the farm and the mill. You’ll also discover how their signature oils are made. A delicious picnic lunch is served and there is time set aside for shopping in their market before we make our way back to Green Valley. Fee includes transportation, picnic lunch, admissions, bus refreshments, services or a tour director, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the Desert Hills Center UPPER parking lot at 9:00 am and returns at approximately 5:15 pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 1/23/17. No refunds after 1/23/17.
Fee: Member $105 Guest $110
Canyon Lake Boat Tour
Thursday, February 2
Join us as we travel to Canyon Lake, located north of Apache Junction. We’ll rest briefly in Florence then continue on to lunch at the Mining Camp Restaurant, an eatery full of western atmosphere. We then travel along the paved portion of the Apache Trail. Tucked into the base of the Superstition Mountains is the beautiful man-made Canyon Lake. We board Dolly’s Steamboat and cruise Canyon Lake as the captain narrates on the scenery, geology, and history of the area. Steep canyon walls ascend out of a crystal blue body of water, making for a very enjoyable 1 ½ hour cruise. We travel home full of great memories of this wondrous part of the state. Fee includes transportation, services of a tour director, lunch (tax and tip), boat fare, bus refreshments, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the Desert Hills Center UPPER parking lot at 8:00 am and returns at approximately 6:15 pm. This trip is presented by Pleasurebent Tours. Deadline to purchase tickets is 1/26/17. No refunds after 1/26/17.
Fee: Member $118 Guest $123
Tucson Rodeo and Parade Trip
Thursday, February 23
See over 200 entries in the world’s largest non-motorized parade. Enjoy the view from grandstand seating. We will enjoy lunch at the Silver Saddle Steakhouse, then take our reserved seats at the rodeo. The rodeo, which will celebrate its 92nd year, features bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team calf roping, team roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. Current and former world champions compete in this nationally televised event. “The Fiesta de los Vaqueros” ranks among the top 15 professional rodeos in North America and is honored in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Dust off your boots, grab your hat and come along for this great day! Fee includes transportation, parade bleacher seating and reserved Rodeo seating, lunch (tax and tip), services of a tour director, bus refreshments, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the Desert Hills Center UPPER parking lot at 7:15 am and returns at approximately 5:30 pm. Deadline to purchase tickets is 2/9/17. No refunds after 2/9/17.
Fee: Member $117 Guest $122
Heard Museum Indian Fair/Market & Pueblo Grande Tour
Saturday, March 4
Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Heard in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature, to where it is now recognized internationally for the quality of its collections. Enjoy time exploring the exhibits which feature the best in traditional and contemporary American Indian art. Indulge in Indian Fry Bread or other traditional foods or enjoy a leisurely lunch at the museum’s cafe. We will also attend the 58th annual Guild Indian Fair and Market—one of the Southwest’s largest, most prestigious events! See work by more than two dozen artists, and watch them demonstrate how they create their art. Then we travel to the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, located at a 1500 year old Hohokam village ruins site in modern day Phoenix. Enjoy the easy trails that link the excavated ruins and spend time in the museum with its interesting exhibit galleries. Join us for this fascinating day outing. Fee includes transportation, admissions to attractions, box lunch, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip.
This tour departs from the Desert Hills Center UPPER parking lot at 8:15 am and returns at approximately 6:15 pm. Deadline for purchase and no refunds after 2/21/17.
Fee: Member $99 Guest $104
Barleens Arizona Opry Show
Wednesday, March 22
For over 32 seasons the Barleen family has fed and entertained folks at their 500-seat Apache Junction dinner theatre. We will enjoy a hearty, home-cooked lunch (beef and chicken entree) and then a Grand Ole Opry style show. Some of your favorite country tunes will fill the theatre along with musical variety, side-splitting comedy, yodeling, and just plain fun. This is good, clean family entertainment that will highlight all of your favorite tunes. Come along and enjoy a trip to the Arizona Opry with us! Fee includes transportation, show ticket, lunch (tax and tip), services of a tour director, bus refreshments, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the Desert Hills Center UPPER parking lot at 9:15 am and returns at 6:15 pm. Deadline to purchase tickets is 3/8/17. No refunds after 3/8/17.
Fee: Member $102 Guest $107
Ramsey Canyon and Amerind Foundation Tour
Friday, April 14
This great sightseeing tour will certainly show you a variety of sights in Southeastern Arizona. We begin our day with a visit to Ramsey Canyon located in the Huachuca Mountains. A spring-fed stream, favorable northeast orientation, and canyon walls provide Ramsey Canyon with a moist, cool, stable environment. The hummingbirds like Ramsey Canyon, too. You must be able to enjoy short hikes on uneven ground to properly visit this preserve with us. Lunch will be at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Sierra Vista before we make our way to the Amerind Foundation. Located in scenic Texas Canyon, the Amerind houses one of the finest private collections of Native American art and artifacts in the country. Come along and explore with us! Fee includes transportation, admissions, lunch (tax and tip), services of a tour director, bus refreshments, and driver tip.
This tour departs from the Desert Hills Center UPPER parking lot at 8:00 am and returns at about 5:45 pm. Deadline to purchase tickets is 4/7/17. No refunds after 4/7/17.
Fee: Member $105 Guest $110