Cat Mountain Station is a Southwestern-style center that offers a shopping and casual dining experience in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Located near the southern gateway to the Tucson Mountain Park just west of Tucson, the center has been beautifully restored to its original 1950s style and features an array of eclectic artisan shops and cafés, a charming brick courtyard with a fountain and a Ramada. Visitors to Cat Mountain Station can enjoy delicious cuisine inspired by local desert foods, stargazing at an observatory and comfortable accommodations at a nearby eco-friendly bed and breakfast.


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The Shops

Cat Mountain Station features a variety of shops and boutiques, including the Buffalo Trading Post, which sells new and recycled goods, buy-and-sell clothing and home décor, and Affairs of the Art Gallery, a local artist co-op that sells a variety of local art. Studio S’Evans is an art and photography gallery that sells artworks, offers custom-framing, and an array of exceptional gifts and Agave Photographic Arts display and sells Southwestern-inspired fine art photography and digital photography, and Tintype Mercantile offers photography, nature items and objects and other gifts.

The Coyote Pause Café is a charming and casual eatery that serves a creative menu of healthy and innovative cuisine with a Southwestern twist in a laid-back setting with a covered patio and dog-friendly courtyard.

Cat Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast

The Cat Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast offers comfortable, eco-friendly accommodations in a vintage ranch setting. The family-friendly inn offers five well-appointed and tastefully decorated guest rooms with Southwestern-style décor, spacious sitting areas with comfy furnishings, private bathrooms, and modern conveniences. Each room opens onto a central courtyard where guests can soak up the fresh, desert air and beautiful views and the guest house has an inviting living room with a crackling fireplace for relaxing and socializing. Guests staying at the Cat Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast can enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the neighboring Coyote Pause Café.

Spencer's Observatory

Spencer's Observatory is a privately owned Observatory based at the Cat Mountain Lodge Bed and Breakfast that offers an in-depth look at the star-studded skies over Tucson. The observatory houses top of the range telescopes and has a retractable roof that slides back to reveal spectacular panoramic views of the Tucson skies, offering some of the best night time vistas in the area. Visitors can enjoy guided star tours, star parties, and astrophotography parties on request.

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Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges in the Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, Tucson is a city with a rich history and culture and much to see and do. The El Presidio Historic District is filled with beautifully restored mansions and the Barrio Historico with quaint adobe row houses, while the rest of the city is home to many excellent restaurants, nightclubs, vintage shops and more. Fun activities and attractions in Tucson include the slot machines and table games at the Desert Diamond Casino and the Casino Del Sol, and the Queen Mine Tour, which delves below ground in Bisbee's 47-degree caves. There is also the charm-filled world of the Mini Time Machine Museum where visitors can explore more than 275 miniature houses and room boxes.

The O.K. Corral Gunfight Site is home to what is regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American Old West, which took place between the Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, the Clantons, and the McLaurays in 1881. Tohono Chul is hailed as being one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world with gardens, galleries, nature paths, and more, while the Santa Theresa Tile Works in Tucson’s Historic Warehouse Arts District will inspire creativity.

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2740 S. Kinney Rd. Tucson, AZ 85735, Phone: 520-578-4272

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