Sand-colored adobe homes sit quietly among the mesquite and saguaros in the Indian Hill area of Tucson. Far from the transplanted palms of the center of the city, the northeast side community provides a natural habitat for the indigenous flora and fauna of this desert region.
Blooms such as prickly poppies, desert lupines and wallflowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds, such as Anna’s hummingbirds, painted ladies, desert orange tips, gray skippers, and, sometimes, a monarch or two. You can also hear the songs of crickets of an evening, or be distracted by the flight of a grasshopper or a wayward beetle. Birds, such as roadrunners, red-tailed hawks and quails are often seen and residents can catch sight of a jackrabbit or barn owl at dusk.
Although the rustic area seems remote yet serene, it is a closely located to upscale shopping at the Tucson Mall or eateries and entertainment, such as Trail Dust Town. Trail Dust Town, a grouping of “Western” buildings, was originally part of a movie set. Now the themed attraction includes such popular restaurants as Pinnacle Peak and El Corral. If you are hungry for a cowboy steak, then you need look no further than either of these cowboy and cowgirl-friendly family restaurants.
One of the biggest destinations in the area is the Santa Catalina Mountains to the north. The mountains have numerous opportunities for recreation with many man-made amenities as well as natural destinations. There are picnic areas along the drive, and a nice campground for recreational vehicles as well as tent campers. Many people come to the mountains on a daily basis for tours, adventuring on the different trails, and for photography and wildlife viewing.
Indian Hill is a signature western, desert community. Hearkening back to the time of the Mexican cowboy, or vaquero, the combination of desert landscape and a western influence makes this Tucson community a charming and unique place in which to live.
If you are looking for a quiet desert escape, you will find Indian Hill the perfect place to call home.