TUCSON INFORMATION AND SERVICES

Tourist Office
The very helpful folks at Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau provide the excellent Tucson Official Visitors Guide and many brochures of area sights and services; you can find them downtown in the Visitor Center (110 S. Church Ave., Suite 7199, 520/624-1817 or 800/638-8350, fax 520/884-7804, www.visittucson.org, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun.). Mailing address is 100 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701. You can pick up the visitor guide outside when the office is closed. Parking is at 30-minute meters on Church Avenue in front or in a garage across the street.

Coronado National Forest
The Supervisor's Office (300 W. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701, 520/670-4552, www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) contains general information on all the districts in the Coronado, including many of the most scenic areas in southeastern Arizona. It's downtown in room 6A on the sixth floor of the Federal Building.
    For specific information on the Santa Catalinas' campgrounds, trails, and backcountry regions, contact the Santa Catalina Ranger District office (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750, 520/749-8700, www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun.) in the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.

Bureau of Land Management
For recreational opportunities on land administered by the BLM in southeastern Arizona, including the Ironwood Forest Natl. Monument, Las Cienegas Natl. Conservation Area, San Pedro, and middle Gila River areas, contact the Tucson office (12661 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85748, 520/722-4289, www.blm.gov/az/st/en.html, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri.). It's way out of town next to Saguaro National Park East.

Mexican Consulate
The Consulado de Mexico (553 S. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701, 520/882-5595 or 520/882-5596, www.mexonline.com/consulate.htm, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) has information for visiting and driving in Mexico. Some tourist literature may be available too. It's just south of downtown in an 1860s building between 16th and 17th Streets.

Libraries
The City of Tucson Main Library (101 N. Stone Ave., 520/791-4393 or 520/791-4010 Infoline, www.library.pima.gov/locations/MAI/) is downtown between Pennington and Alameda; look for a large white and gray marble building. It's open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. You can park in the underground garage, two hours free with validation; enter from Alameda. The library has about 20 branches.
University of Arizona libraries (520/621-6441, www.library.arizona.edu, hours vary with seasons) are open to the public and include some outstanding collections.

Newspapers
The Arizona Daily Star (www.azstarnet.com) comes out each morning, including Sunday. The Tucson Citizen (www.tucsoncitizen.com) appears Mon.-Sat. in the afternoon. The lively pages of the Tucson Weekly (www.tucsonweekly.com) report on most everything that's happening in Tucson, along with feature articles and restaurant listings; check the website for the annual "Best of Tucson" reviews. It's free at newsstands.

Services
The main post office (1501 S. Cherrybell Stravanue, Tucson, AZ 85726, 520/388-5043 or 800/275-8777) is 2.5 miles southeast of downtown; you can have General Delivery mail sent to you here. The downtown branch is at 141 S. Sixth Avenue. Banks no longer provide a foreign exchange service unless you have an account, but ATM machines are widespread and accept foreign cards. Pima County Medical Society (520/795-7985, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) will refer you to any sort of doctor you might need.

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