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 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.
Registration for these trips begins December 4.
Sandhill Cranes and Amerind Foundation Tour
Friday, January 19
This tour is a great way to see the birds that make their way to the marshlands at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. We begin our day with a journey to the Whitewater Draw which is a favorite feeding and loafing area for waterfowl. We are on the lookout for the Sandhill Cranes that make their way to the Sulphur Springs Valley each winter. Learn about these interesting, giant birds as they fly across the sky in massive formations. We will enjoy a box lunch at this location. Then we travel to the Amerind Foundation Museum 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! Bring your binoculars and don’t forget your walking shoes. Fee includes transportation, services of a tour director, box lunch, admission to Amerind, bus refreshments, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8am and returns at 4:15pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 1/12/18. No refunds after 1/12/18.
Fee: Member $107; Guest $112; General Public $117
Monday – Thursday, January 22 – 25
GVR has partnered with Gray Line/Wake-Up Tucson to offer you this opportunity to travel to Rocky Point, Mexico with bi-lingual guide Bob. The luxury Gray Line motorcoach will pick you up here at GVR 9:00 am on the first day for the Hotel Peñasco del Sol Beach Resort. They offer expedited border crossing and speedy bus check-in service upon arrival at the hotel. On the second day, simply enjoy the beach or local shops or take advantage of some of the optional activities available. On the third day, our bus will take us to the Old Port for an afternoon of dining and curio shopping (on your own), sightseeing; and if interested, buying fish to take home, so bring your coolers! Dust off your passports and plan to spend these four days on the beach with us in Rocky Point. (Or ask us where you can get an expedited passport.) Fee includes roundtrip transportation, 3 nights lodging at the Peñasco del Sol Beach Resort, ground transportation to the Old Port in Rocky Point. Your meals, optional activities, and gratuities are not included. This trip is presented by Gray Line/Wake-Up Tucson. Seats are limited, so register early! Deadline for purchase and no refunds after 1/8/18.
Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 8:30am and returns between 3:30 and 5pm (depending on traffic and time spent at the border). Deadline for purchase and no refunds after 1/8/18.
Fees are listed as Double Occupancy/Single Occupancy. Please see staff for triple occupancy rates. Member $396/$582; Guest $406/$592; General Public $411/$597
Casa Grande Ruins and Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour
Monday, January 29
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, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils. We’ll enjoy an informative Olive Oil 101 Class to learn how this unique farm is operated and also about the history of the farm and mill. You’ll discover how their signature oils are made. A delicious picnic lunch is served and time for shopping in their market before we make our way back to Green Valley. Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, picnic lunch, admissions, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip.
Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 9am and returns at approximately 5:15pm. Deadline to purchase tickets and no refunds after 1/15/18.
Fee: Member $113; Guest $118; General Public $123
Canyon Lake Boat Tour
Thursday, February 8
Today we will board our deluxe motorcoach and travel to Canyon Lake, which is located north of Apache Junction. We’ll take a break in Florence. For lunch, we travel to the Dirtwater Springs Restaurant. This eatery is full of western atmosphere and we are sure you’ll leave here happy! 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. This makes for a very enjoyable 1 and 1/2 hour cruise. We travel home today full of great memories of this wondrous part of the state. Join us! Fee includes transportation, lunch (tax and tip), boat fare, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills Center UPPER parking lot at 8am and returns at 6:15pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 1/31/18. No refunds after 1/31/18.
Fee: Member $120; Guest $125; General Public $130
Tucson Rodeo and Parade Trip
Thursday, February 22
See over 200 entries in the world’s largest non-motorized parade. Enjoy the view from grandstand seating. Lunch will be at the Silver Saddle Steakhouse. After lunch, we take our reserved seats at the rodeo. The rodeo, which will celebrate its 92nd year, features bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, 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. 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 WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 7:15am and returns at 5:30pm. Deadline to purchase tickets is 2/8/18. No refunds after 2/8/18.
Fee: Member $124; Guest $129; General Public $134
All About Frank Tour – Arizona Heritage Center and Taliesin West
Tuesday, March 6
This day trip takes us to the Phoenix Valley to celebrate the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. 2017 is Mr. Wright’s 150th birthday and we’ll start our trip off with a tour of a special exhibit honoring the man and his many architectural achievements at the Arizona Heritage Center. This native Wisconsinite had a profound impact on this region with his varied body of work as well as areas from the upper Midwest of the US to Japan. We then treat ourselves to a hearty buffet lunch at The Wandering Horse Buffet located in the Talking Stick Casino in Scottsdale. We then visit Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter architectural studio in northeast Scottsdale, Arizona. Wright’s southwestern masterpiece is located on 600 acres of rugged desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains and the complex of buildings overlooks the entire metropolitan Phoenix Valley. Knowledgeable guides will explain how the architecture relates to the site and provide a general overview of Wright’s theories and designs. Join us for this great tour which is all about Frank! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, buffet lunch (tax and tip), admission to Arizona Heritage Center and Taliesin West, bus refreshments, services of a tour director and driver tip..
Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 7:45am and returns at approximately 7pm. Deadline to purchase tickets and no refunds after 2/27/18.
Fee: Member $134; Guest $139; General Public $144
Barleen’s Arizona Opry Show
Wednesday, March 14
For over 33 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 breast 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 which 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), bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 9:15am and returns at 6:15pm. Deadline to purchase tickets and no refunds after 2/28/18.
Fee: Member $105; Guest $110; General Public $115
Twilight Dinner Cruise on Canyon Lake Tour (on the Apache Trail)
Monday, April 30
Afternoon finds us departing Tucson on board our deluxe motorcoach and traveling to Canyon Lake, which is located north of Apache Junction. We’ll make a break stop in Florence. We board Dolly’s Steamboat for their dinner cruise which offers all the grandeur of their daytime cruise plus the ambiance of the twilight. Observe Canyon Lake wildlife as they settle in for the evening. This dinner cruise route extends another three or four miles upriver from their regular day cruise, allowing for different views and cliffs in excess of 1200’! The sunset, moon and stars and the good food served on board all make for a memorable journey! Join us! Fee includes: roundtrip transportation, dinner (tax and tip), boat fare, bus refreshments, services of a tour director, and driver tip.
Bus departs from the WEST end of the Desert Hills UPPER parking lot at 2pm and returns at 10:45pm. Deadline to purchase tickets 4/16/18. No refunds after 4/16/18.
Fee: Member $140; Guest $145; General Public $150