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Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

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Ranked #6 in Tucson things to do
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Tucson, AZ 85730
(520) 733-5153
http://www.saguaronationalpark.com/
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The Sonoran Desert is not a barren, lifeless place. It is alive with brightly colored wildflowers, bighorn sheep, ringtails, a variety of serpents, golden eagles and more. Popular activities here ... Read more
include hiking, backcountry camping, horseback riding, biking, and taking part in guided programs. The park features two districts, spread over more than 91,000 acres. The Rincon Mountain District is located to the East of Tucson and the Tucson Mountain District, to the west. There are subtle yet significant differences between them, making both well worth visiting. Park entry includes both regions.

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Local from Tucson, Arizona

REAL DESERT!!! We like the east side one for the fact that you can drive in and picknicick or hike, and there are tables with benches to have lunch

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Local from Tucson, Arizona

One of the best places in the Southwest to see a magnificent group of huge saguaros!

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Mesa, Arizona

3 FAVE's, on Tucson's West side, also see Old Tucson Studio's and world renowned Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum when you travel into this area.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA
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Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is the only place in the world where the saguaro cacti nationally grow. These iconic cacti stand majestically throughout the park and there are innumerable hiking trails that wind through the desert. Dried saguaro ribs are protected, so don't try to take them home with you - just enjoy and take photos.

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This Scenic drive will take you though Saguaro National Park. You will enjoy beautiful mountain/rock formations and stands of saguaro cactus. I found it to be quite surreal the first time I took this drive. I loved this drive.

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Burns, Kansas

Simple the most amazing sunsets you'll ever see anywhere, anytime on planet Earth! Nothing else compares, and I've seen some great ones. Ride a motorcycle or drive a convertible through here, and you'll think you're in Heaven. It's warm, it's sunny, it's amazing, and it's 15 minutes from your stay at our house!

Park in the viewspot, make out, and watch the Jackrabbits hop about. You might even see or hear a rattlesnake (we've encountered 4 in 2 years!) You might also see a desert tortoise (seen 2!) So cool.

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Schenectady, New York State, USA

Saguaro National Park is part of the US National Park Services park units. It has two parts the Rincon Mountain District (improve site) and the Tucson Mountain District (Unimproved site). Disability access is more provided in the Rincon Mountain District. Disability parking is limited some areas. You will need about 2 to 4 hours to do both sites.

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

I loved being able to walk the trails here, and to be able to get up close to the saguaro cactus and other desert plants. You just need to be on the constant lookout for rattle snakes when you're here.

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Austin, Texas, USA

I had always wanted to see these handsome guys, the saguaros. A saguaro is a large type of cactus. They can grow to be 50 feet tall and hundreds of years old! I think of them as friendly people, because each one seems to have their own personality.

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Los Angeles

The Saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantean) - North America's largest cactus - is set amongst a dazzling desert landscape of mesquite trees, ocotillo, prickly pear and other succulents. Forests of saguaro cacti were commonplace here in the 1930's but although their numbers may have diminished, their iconic status in the American southwest remains undimmed. Although the mature saguaro produces thousands of seeds very few of these seedlings survive infancy and those that do survive - just like Tolkien's Ents - seem to prefer a less hasty approach to life. It can take as long as 75 years for them to sprout their first limb! Small wonder then that the saguaro is known as the Monarch of the Sonoran Desert. Great hikes and driving trails with plenty to do in the local area for kids and adults alike.

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United States

The true wilds of the Sonoran desert lie just outside of Tucson at Saguaro NP. Kids will especially feel like they're in the Old West while hiking on the nature trails here. The western section of the park has easier opportunities for day hiking and petroglyphs, while the eastern section is closer to the urban area.

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Great for hiking. The visitor's center offers free hiking tours, a great movie and intro to the Desert.

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Local from Tucson, Arizona

There are two Saguaro National Parks Both are spectacular but I prefer the eastside location. You can drive, bike, or hike the park as it's an 8-mile one way loop. This land is a preserve & is protected under U.S. wildlife laws guaranteing that all people present & future generations may enjoy for all time.

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Local from Tucson, Arizona

This is a truly unique place on the planet. Nowhere else on earth do these majestic Saguaro's live. Some like to call the park "Saguaro forest" for it is the most dense Saguaro environment you will see anywhere. I love to take 1st time Sonoran Desert visitor there in addition to the Desert Museum, which is adjacent.

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Local from Tucson, Arizona

A scenic ride through Saguaro National Park on your way to the Desert Museum.

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Local from Tucson, Arizona

Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day driving through the park. Lots and lots of pristine desert scenery.

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Local from Tucson, Arizona

No where else on earth will you find more of the most majestic of the cactus family. The ride in from Gates Pass is beautiful, especially in the early evening.

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Frederick, Maryland, USA

Cacti heaven! This is one of my favorite places for a day hike anywhere across the US. There are so many kinds of cactus and it all seems so garden-like and perfect. What a beautiful spot!

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Incredible scenery and hiking options for everyone make Saguaro NP a true national treasure. Beyond the saguaro itself, look for my favorite, the ocotillo. Truly a unique landscape that you really can't find anywhere else.

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Burns, Kansas

Hike among the Giant Saguaros, it's a fantastic experience.

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