Be ready for some fine art, funky art, wacky art and crappy art if you ever take a trek to Tubac.

Tubac rates high as a fun, funky day trip/Ryn Gargulinski

Tubac rates high as a fun, funky day trip/Ryn Gargulinski

We have this strange feeling Tubac may be an artists’ haven.

Nestled about 50 miles south of Tucson, Tubac makes for a great day trip as long as you don’t get befuddled by the kilometer signs that line Interstate 19.

While art and a few strange hotels are the showcases of the main drag, you can also go exploring off the path.

A stop at a state historical park lets you check out its fine display of Flintstone wheels. You may even encounter gads of Boy Scouts who are probably completing a troop project yet still take time out to stare weirdly at your dog.

A trek through a forgotten, vacant lot gives you a glimpse of what it would be like to live among the Clampetts of Beverly Hillbilly fame.

A surprise find of a dog park gives you a glimpse of some very selfish people (Sawyer will be blogging on that one).

When all that gets mundane, get back to the art.

While some of the creations, like the $76,000 giant moose, may be a bit out of most people’s price range, you can find less expensive goodies in the throngs of knickknack shops. You can even find birdhouses made out of cowboy boots.

Just steer clear of the wide array of life-size bronze children statues as they tend to be very creepy. They resemble kids who were caught mid-play by a volcano and baked into place.

Check out the baked children and other tantalizing Tubac tidbits in the slide show below.


Highlight: Scouting out the vacant lots and hidden parts of town – although the art places a very close second.

Lowlight: When Sawyer got stuck on the stairway from hell, a narrow, stone stairwell that led upwards with promise only to be blocked by a tiny wooden door. He panicked for a moment, refusing to walk backwards down the stairs, until he finally figured out how to turn around. Then he sped so fast away from the stairs that he knocked me and my camera backwards off the steps.

Overall day trip rating despite the stairwell from hell (1-10): 14.4



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