Direct Flights from California, Washington, Oregon, Las Vegas, and Utah

If you hop on a direct flight from major West Coast and Western cities and visit Marana, here is how to have a perfect Sonoran Desert getaway.

Plan your fall adventures around direct flights to Tucson International Airport from Oakland (CA), San Jose (CA), LAX, San Diego (CA), Seattle, Bellingham (WA), and Portand (OR).

Other direct flights to Tucson include:

  • Las Vegas, NV 
  • Provo Municipal Airport (UT) 
  • Denver Airport 

Marana is a perfect winter getaway for those cold, dark days in Vancouver, Canada and foggy coastal California. In just a few hours you can go from wearing a hat and gloves, to laying by a sparkling pool, golfing, and enjoying hiking, mountain biking and endless outdoor recreation!

Marana Regional Airport

You can fly into Marana from any U.S. airport, and many corporate, private aircraft, and jets do. For more information, visit

A Saguaro National Park West Adventure Awaits

What’s the first thing you imagine when you think of the Sonoran Desert? The varied and complex ecosystems of Southern Arizona feature dense groves of flowering mesquite trees, drooping with bean pods that sustained the people who inhabited this land for thousands of years, long before Spanish settlers arrived. Here you’ll also find Saguaro National Park West, a forest that is home to the largest cactus on earth, the saguaro (suh-WAR-o, rhymes with "FAR-o"). Saguaro National Park West is full of life with flora and fauna native only to the Sonora Desert, and evidence of ancient cultures wherever the trained eye looks. 

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Located adjacent to Saguaro National Park, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-ranked botanic garden and naturalistic zoo, featuring the largest and smallest animals of the Sonora Desert in a spectacular setting with sweeping views, activities, cafes, bookstore, and much more.

A Mountain Peak Experience

Don't miss the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains where you'll find majestic mountains with snowy summits climbing almost two miles above sea level that host the southern most ski resort in the U.S. These “Sky Islands” are home to lofty pines, wind-carved hoodoos, and even a nascent herd of reintroduced big horn sheep. For those ready to explore this bountiful desert, this haven from winter, this Arizona oasis, Marana is the perfect springboard from which to launch your Sonoran Desert adventures.

Attractions like the incredible hiking opportunities in the Marana region. Mt. Lemmon imposes itself in our corner of the Sonoran Desert, as if daring intrepid hikers to test their mettle on its precipitous pinnacles. Catalina Highway, itself a remarkable feat of engineering, snakes its way all the way to the top and offers a number of trailheads along the way. You choose the biome that’s right for you—majestic saguaros, sweeping grasslands, alpine forest, and many more in between—and then just stop at the appropriate elevation.

Luxury Accommodations

For many travelers, Marana has the perfect hidden gem tucked into the quiet canyons of the Tortolita Mountains. The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain is Arizona’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond Resort and Spa, a distinction earned by its welcoming staff, sumptuous rooms, and picture-perfect location. Its three salt-water pools all offer stunning views of rock-strewn and saguaro-studded slopes. Every room includes a private balcony from which you can take in all the colors of a desert sunset. Here, a sunset isn’t something you so much see, but rather experience. Book a massage at its incomparable spa, and you’ll enjoy the therapeutic elements and time-honored traditions of the Sonoran Desert.

Sonoran Style Gastronomy

After long days of hiking, golfing, and exploring, you’ll enjoy tucking into a feast of classic, old-fashioned Mexican cooking. Don’t forget, it was only 150 years ago that this land was part of Mexico, and we haven’t forgotten our roots. 

In 2016, Tucson became the first UNESCO World City of Gastronomy in the U.S. As a breadbasket of Southern Arizona, Marana is home to a variety of heritage crops, like white Sonoran wheat, a grain used in local breads, beers, and even pizza doughs. Grounded in these ingredients, Southern Arizona’s rich cultural tapestry has fostered a local cuisine that draws not only on Mexican influences, but also on Native American methods, Middle Eastern spices, and American West sensibilities. With a restaurant scene distinct even from such nearby neighbors as Santa Fe and Phoenix, Marana and Southern Arizona offer a dining experience you won’t want to miss.

Dude Ranch Experience

If you’re interested in exploring Southern Arizona’s roots, consider a stay at the White Stallion Ranch. This classic dude ranch experience includes communal meals beneath an ocotillo rib ceiling, horseback riding during the day, movies or line dances at night, and a rodeo every week. White Stallion has welcomed guests for fifty years, and when you enter their vast acreage, you leave behind the outside world. There’s lots to do here, but perhaps the its greatest draw is what it doesn’t have: incoming emails, buzzing texts, or strategy meetings. If peace and quiet is the recipe for your perfect vacation, look no farther than White Stallion.

World-Class Golf Courses

For those who prefer the fairway to the hiking trail, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Marana is home to a variety of world-class golfing facilities, designed by legends of the links like Jack Nicklaus, John Fought, and Arthur Hills. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to put away your clubs until spring. In Marana, fall, winter, and spring are the perfect seasons for hitting the greens and teeing up.

Book a Direct Flight!

And you know the best part of all? All this is now only one direct flight away from San Jose, Oakland, Las Vegas, and (stay tuned) New York City. Right now you may be huddled under the covers on a chilly summer day in the Bay Area, but one hour from now, you could be drinking in the gentle rays of the desert sun, margarita in hand, foot in pool. We’ll see you soon.

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