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Saguaro National Park

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 wildlife.

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 Rincon Mountains.

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.

Quick Facts:
-- 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!

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