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  Teddy Bear Cholla
by KimberlyAnn

Located at the visitor?s center is the Cactus Garden Trail, which is a level, paved walkway that will guide you past a variety of desert plants. About a mile from the visitor center on the right side of the road you will find the Desert Discovery Nature Trail. This is an easy one-half mile, gently sloping loop at the foot of the mountains. Both these walks will take you through a variety of desert plans including ocotillos, mesquites, creosote bushes, prickly pears, teddybear chollas, chainfruit chollas, stahorn chollas, pencil cholloas (as you can see there are lots of different chollas!), barrel cactus, fishhook cactus, hedgehog cactus, palo verde trees, as well as the saguaro which the park is named for. And these are just a few of the plants you will see! Keep your eyes open for lizards and birds as you walk. We saw a few zebra-tailed lizards scurry across the ground in front of us.

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  • Updated Mar 13, 2004
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