If you still haven’t hammered out plans for this 4th of July weekend, we have something that just might fit the bill… The Westward Look Resort in Tucson sits on an incredible 80 acres of stunning Sonoran Desert, and, as they say, location is truly everything. This certified-green resort is not only a draw for visitors from across the country, some wildlife have started frequenting the resort as well (apparently, the place is that amazing).
Recently, two families decided to start calling the resort home. A family of great horned owls, two adults and three babies, were spotted nesting at the top of one of the resort’s palm trees, as well as a large family of grey Cooper’s hawks, which include both parents and five babies. Researchers from the University of Arizona have stopped by to tag the hawks. “Tagging hawks allows researchers to study the population dynamic, make survival estimates and track movement,” said Dr. Bill Mannan, a professor and program chair of Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management Options at the University of Arizona.
Westward Look is no stranger to playing host to an array of wildlife including, quail, cottontail rabbits and even an occasional visiting bobcat. Aware of the draw, Westward Look offers nature programs to help guests explore the grounds. You can sign up for an early morning guided nature walk, tour the on-site butterfly and hummingbird gardens, hike or bike the many on-site trails, go horseback riding or stargaze through a high-powered Celestron 2000 telescope.
After a day of exploring the wildlife and nature on the grounds, don’t forget that you are staying at a pretty posh resort… and that means two award-winning restaurants, GOLD and Lookout Bar & Grille, as well as the Westward Look’s Sonoran Spa with several desert-inspired treatments to relax and replenish. Not too shabby.
Rooms are still available for this weekend with prices starting at around $109.