Saguaro National Park – Information

Photo of the entrance to Saguaro National Monu...

Photo of the entrance to Saguaro National Monument, Rincon District, on the east side of Tucson, AZ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saguaro National Park is a park of two parts, two separate districts which are interrupted by the City of Tucson. The two parts of Saguaro National Park are about an hours drive (30 miles) apart, it’s important that you know that before you start to organize your visit.

  • Saguaro West – is the Tucson Mountain District
  • Saguaro East – is the Rincon Mountain District

Okay, so both parts of Saguaro National Park have lots of similarities, the plants and animals are generally the same, but that doesn’t mean that each different district of the park isn’t worthy of a visit in its own right.

Tucson Mountain District – has some really terrific hikes to some of the most splendid views on earth, as well as the Signal Picnic Area which offers visitors the opportunity to view hundreds and hundreds of ancient petroglyphs . . . and that’s not something you get the chance to do just anywhere you know.

Rincon Mountain District – has a terrific auto or bike touring route around the Cactus Forest Loop Drive where you can find incredible views of the Rincon Mountains. There are also loads of different hiking paths, and if you’ve a real taste for adventure why not spend a couple of days in the Rincon Mountain Saguaro Wilderness Area visiting Manning Cabin, built by Levi Manning, former mayor of Tucson in 1905 (he was the mayor a long time ago).

It’s like being on top of the world.

Okay, have I managed to convince you yet that a trip to Saguaro National Park needs to be high on your agenda? I have, that’s great . . .

Directions to Saguaro National Park – you’d better find out exactly where it is and how to get there.

Saguaro National Park Operating Hours & Seasons – you need to make sure that the place is open before you set off on your trip.

Saguaro National Park Fees & Reservations – how much is this trip gonna’ cost you, and do you need to let them know that you’re on the way?

Geological History of Saguaro National Park – find out a little more about what’s so special about Saguaro National Park . . . well, the cacti seem to like it.


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