Saguaro National Park

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date: February 20, 2011

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is divided among two units, one east and one west of Tucson.  The park is named for the saguaro, the large cactus characteristic of the Sonoran desert.

The view from higher along the road

I only visited the eastern section of the park where there is a one-way loop road through some of the lower elevations of the park.  There are few maintained trails close to this road, although washes also act as trails, and I only walked around the short paved loop Desert Ecology trail.  On this trail I saw several plants and animals I had not seen before, including the pyrrhuloxia and curve-billed thrasher.  After this trail the road does gain some elevation where you can get decent views of the Tucson valley.


A more extensive network of trails exists in the higher elevation areas that are managed as wilderness well to the east of the Cactus Forest Drive.

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