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Saguaro National Park is divided into two districts, the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) and the Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro West). Both districts are about 15 miles from Tucson, Arizona. This National Park covers about 130 square miles and preserves the giant saguaro cactus and the Sonoran Desert environment. The saguaro cactus has often been used as the symbol of the American Southwest, yet it grows only in southern Arizona, along the Colorado River in California, and in the northern Mexican state of Sonora. This cactus can live more than 150 years and reach heights over 50 feet. It is also believed that the Sonoran Desert surpasses all other North American deserts in the variety of life forms found within it. There are more than 50 types of cacti, bushes, trees, ocotillo, and wild flowers. Birds abound, along with other desert animals such as rattlesnakes, jackrabbits, tortoise, lizards, cactus mice, javelinas, kangaroo rats, and many others.

My photo is of the Saguaro Cactus, which the park preserves.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One of our countries prime desert experiences.
  • Cons:Summer Midday temperatures can reach over 100 degrees F.
  • In a nutshell:A great place for hiking and exploring the desert, during Arizona‚Äôs cooler months.
  • Last visit to Saguaro National Park: Mar 1999
  • Intro Updated Aug 19, 2011
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  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Great photos to tell the story of the Saguaro. Brought back memories of my youth at the U of A and the drive, way back when, up and down Speedway.

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2007 at 12:05 AM

    Thanks for the photos and tips. It's been many many years since I've been here, and I would like to go back during a winter trip maybe.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2006 at 11:42 PM

    Once again, your comments have been insightful, and your phtos more than just another tourist shot. Thanks for all of them

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2005 at 10:54 AM

    Beautiful pictures and excellent, charming writings... thank you very much for refreshing my great memories :-)

  • Alphons's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2004 at 3:36 AM

    Very nice page with beautiful pics, greetings Alphons...

  • manuelEB's Profile Photo
    Apr 8, 2004 at 7:44 AM

    wow! Will come for details later...

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2004 at 8:32 AM

    Thanks for an extremely informative page; lots of good info.

  • MarvintheMartian's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2004 at 10:36 AM

    How many national parks altogether? I'm sure I am going to enjoy visiting Arizona! There seems to be so many places to visit!


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