Nothing says desert
wilderness like the tall and majestic saguaro cactus, and you can enjoy some of
the best desert landscapes at Saguaro National Park.
Don't think for a
minute that a desert park will be dull or empty. There are dozens of species of
birds and animals that live in the park, including the famous roadrunner (beep
beep!). Many species only come out at night, which would make an over-night
camping trip something to consider if you are keen on seeing some rare desert
When you're working
out your itinerary, don't forget that the park is actually in 2 parts, with
about an hour's drive between them. On the west side of Tucson is the Tucson
Mountain District, and to the east is the Rincon Mountain District. Both sides
offer spectacular desert scenery, and plenty of cactus photo ops.
Together, the two
park districts have more than 165 miles of hiking trails. You can take a quick
walk through the park, or explore further with an all-day hike through the
desert. In the Rincon Mountain part of the park, there is also a scenic drive
route for cars or bikes that will provide some great distant views of the
If you want to
learn more about the unique ecosystem of the park, make sure to have us arrange
a guided nature tour, and combine a little learning with your vacation. And if
you're traveling with your family, check out the Junior Ranger program for some
educational tours for kids.
-- All the plants
in the park are protected, and should not be picked or damaged in any way.
-- Saguaro cacti
are considered to be mature once they are 125 years old, and can reach a dizzy
height of 50 feet!