Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park
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  • KM-COMO
    Hallsville, Missouri122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This is a beautiful park with exactly what you might expect: lots of saguaro cacti. There is a nice visitor center. Don’t miss the film narrated by native Americans who talk about the importance of how to treat the earth. The finale is opening the curtains onto a spectacular window into the desert. Spoiler! Not sorry! Caution: Very hot- drink lots of water Driving path is very rough
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 July 2023
  • ramblinggirl67
    Atlanta, Georgia1,092 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Beautiful, amazing park. I visited as a solo female traveler and always felt safe (minus keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes). I enjoyed both sides of the park and several hiking trails. I came in May to see the saguaros flowering which was neat. I can’t imagine visiting any later in the summer than that. I rarely return to places that I’ve already traveled because I have so many places I want to go, but I’d easily return here. I’d probably come back in the spring.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 July 2023
  • ChickenParm41
    764 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Amazing Park! Love the Saguaros!
    Absolutely Amazing Park! Love the Saguaros! There are two parts to this park, the West Side and the East Side. We did the West Side in the morning and the East Side in the afternoon. Both parts are beautiful in their own way. The West Side had more walking paths. So we did this in the cooler morning. Road was not paved but was very driveable. I would not recommend it if you have a Corvette or Camaro. Our Camry was fine. West side had a better Visitor Center. Check out the video. We bought a nice shirt for 10% discount since we are teachers. The East side was completely paved but had fewer walking paths. If you only have time to do one side, do the West Side. The Saguaros are beautiful. Highly recommended to do both sides.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 July 2023
  • jamie deacon
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Visited the Western portion of the park. Beautiful area, nice staff, visitor centre, and clean facilities. Went early and kept the visit short as the temperatures were hitting 110F in the afternoon, would have liked to complete longer hikes but it would not have been safe. Went over to the aircraft bone yard in Tuscon after as it was a short 30 minute drive for a couple photos. If you want to see Saguaro Cacti then this is the place for you.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Steve V
    59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Rugged Beauty in it's own right
    who'd of thought that driving through a desert full of cati that it would actually be cool??!! A rugged beauty to see and believe. Even saw a huge rattler taking their time crossing a trail...
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Hernando E
    Vienna, West Virginia188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Every view was beautiful!
    The signs to the Park are well marked...for some reason my GPS had a little trouble finding it. The interior of the (Red Hills) Visitor Center is a little cramped...it could benefit from more room for additional displays. The introductory movie they offered was well done an informative. The guided tour (of local plant life) was enjoyable...the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. Finding the trails away from the Visitor Center was easy. Parking is somewhat limited both at the Visitor Center and the various trail entrances. Although the admission fee ($25) might seem a bit steep to some, it is good for a week and also allows for admission to the Eastern part of the Park (which I wasn't able to visit). Overall an excellent experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,066 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The name says it all
    Saguaro NP is a single-feature national park separated into two units. There are young saguaros, old saguaros, dead saguaros, saguaros with unusual “arms,” etc. But that’s about it. As the saguaros apparently have a limited range, it makes sense to have a park to protect them. But Saguaro NP lacks the variety I associate with the flagship park units. There are different kinds of cacti besides saguaros. And the Eastern unit has younger saguaro with more shrubs, while the western has the older “classic appearance” saguaros with the arms. But if you drive the park roads, do one hike in each unit and see the petroglyphs on the short trail in the western unit, you’ve pretty much visited this Park. There are also a lot of interesting animals in this Park, but they all hide - I saw little more than a rabbit and a squirrel - even though there were plentiful signs of them (burrows, scat). It is an easy Park to visit as it is just outside Tucson, but the two units are on opposite sides of the city, so it will take most of a day to see both Park units.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Noraatc
    Sudbury, Massachusetts38,610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Both the East and the West parks are magnificent
    We had two hours to explore Saguaro West Park, but even before that we had a great opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the mountains and saguaros along the curvy and treacherous Gates Pass, which has several lookouts with breathtaking views. We parked at the Red Hills Visitor Center and, with the help of the most welcoming and knowledgeable park ranger, figured out what we can do in two hours before the park closure at 5pm. We drove on the gravel road of the Bajada Loop Drive in Saguaro West Park, which has some hiking trails along the way. The road is not in perfect shape: a lot of protruding sharp stones could easily damage the tires, but the drive is gorgeous and the views from the Valley Trail are jaw dropping. Saguaro West is a magical forest of young saguaros, which we thoroughly enjoyed on the short Discovery Loop and on the out and back Valley Trail. Driving the 8 miles loop In Saguaro East was much easier than in Saguaro West because the road is paved and the only difficulty was overtaking the cyclists we shared the narrow road with. We also took a short gravel road to the Mica View picnic area and trailhead, easily found parking and embarked on the 2 miles Mica View Trail and part of the Cactus Trail loop. Very straightforward well marked path and more of a walk than a hike - the advantage is is that you are hiking very close to the foot of the mountains and stunning views are everywhere along the way. There are benches to rest for those who need them. It took us about an hour to finish the hike and get back to the Mica View Trail parking lot. We continued along the gorgeous road, did short Nature Discovery Trail and then continued on the loop stopping at every vista point. The orange cliffs close to the Javelina Picnic Area were especially impressive and we did a short climb up for the views of the valley. We had our lunch with us at the Javelina Picnic Area - it was lovely on such a beautiful warm day. After our late lunch, we still had some time left for the Freeman Homestead Trail, an easy picturesque 1.1 mile walk in the cacti valley on the well groomed path.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 January 2024
  • Mandy O
    Horseshoe Bay, Canada13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful day at the park
    Great day at the park. Bill the volunteer guide was knowledgeable and funny on the nature walk at the visitor centre. Suggest pulling over and walking around a trail or two in the park to get a feel for the area.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 January 2024
  • Gunner from Oslo
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    This park is amazing, with many great hiking trails and of course, the famous saguaro cacti. The Echo Canyon Loop is very popular so we found another trail with less people that involved a larger elevation change. We did not complete it but got some wonderful photos and views.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 January 2024
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SgtBruski
Murrells Inlet, SC52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We really didn't know what to expect and were happily surprised about the park. We did the driving tour which really isn't a long distance, but took us over an hour because we were constantly stopping to enjoy the vistas. We went early in the morning to beat the heat, and as it turned out we beat most of the other patrons that day. There were very few visitors. If I'm back in the area again I'll definitely stop again.
Written 21 May 2024
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advcards
Reno, NV4,137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Nice interpretive center, helpful Rangers and a couple of films to watch. The 8 mile loop takes probably 45 minutes if you don’t stop too much lots of good. The park is not that far Tucson.
Written 15 May 2024
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Eileen W
Parkton, MD1,109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Hubby and I visited both the East and Western Saguaro National Parks.
I enjoyed the scenic drives in both sections, I did like that the East drive more that it was paved, the west section's drive was a dirt road with some pot holes. The wildflowers and cactus were beautiful in both parts of the park. There was not much wildlife to see, a few birds. I think we went at a good time to see the cactus blooming.
Written 2 May 2024
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Suzy B
Bedford, NH141 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
Both the East and the West districts of Saguaro National Park are equally impressive, albeit in different ways. The West district features denser saguaro forests. The East District features fewer but older (taller!) saguaros amid spectacular sweeping views. We feel fortunate that we were able to visit them both on different days of our trip.

We got an early start in the West district in order to hike the 0.9 mile Valley View trail before the heat of the day set in. This short hike was equally rewarding for both the immersion among cacti along the trail and the impressive view at the end. Not to mention that we saw many lizards! We also drove the entirety of the 5-mile Bajada Loop Drive (unpaved but perfectly fine for passenger vehicles), walked the 0.5 mile Desert Discovery Nature Trail and watched the movie at the Red Hills Visitor center. Don’t miss the movie. The Signal Hill petroglyph trail was closed due to road construction into the area - it’s on our list for next time.

Our primary activity in the East district was the 8-mile scenic Cactus Forest Drive. The Javelina Rocks pullout was a standout for the amazing views from rocks you could easily scramble to the top of. The ranger at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center pointed us to the Javelina picnic area as the more scenic of the two in this district and it did not disappoint. Though it wasn’t a hiking kind of day for us, we’d be interested in the Cactus Forest Trail, Freeman Homestead Trail or loop trails in the Mica View picnic are another time.

Very informative hiking guide pamphlets are available at the respective visitor centers in each district.
Written 28 April 2024
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AustintoBoston
Boston, MA365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Did not spend as nearly as much time here as I would have liked. If you want to enjoy the East or West park in full, plan for a whole day at minimum. We stopped on our way up to Scottsdale from Tucson. The West Park seemed to better fit our needs - stop by the visitor center and they can help you plan something with the allotted time you're working with. We had a few hours to spare, and were suggested a driving route with stops along the way to get out and walk. Incredible scenery and definitely appropriate for all ages - we saw couples, families, elderly people, and the like all enjoying the various walking paths. One thing to note is that off the main road which is paved, the other driving paths are dirt. They are somewhat groomed, but just something to note as some might not be comfortable driving a rental in such conditions.
Written 28 April 2024
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The saguaros the symbol of the American west. These huge plants are the largest cacti in North American. Some stand 60 feet tall. I liked the adobe visitor center that fit in nicely with the surroundings. We only got to do the west or Tucson Mountain unit which by the way has the most cacti. There is a 4 mile or so loop drive through the saguaro forest, hiking trails and we had a nice lunch in the Ez-kim-in -zin picnic area. There were some shelters to get you out of the sun and clean restrooms.
Written 26 April 2024
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Dave48838
Greenville, MI660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This park has two sections: one on the east and one on the west of Tucson. Both have ranger stations where activities may be planned. Both also have facilities, gift shops, and educational displays. An interpretive film is helpful in learning about the area. For those not wishing to hike, there are circular drives that bring the viewer through prime Sonoran desert ecosystems. All is professionally done.

The only reason I lowered my stars is the price. Fortunately, we have a senior pass that allows free entry. Otherwise, the charge is $20 per car. That seems pricely for an 8 or 5 mile drive. While the National Park has prime scenery, it is no different from other area parks and hillsides that have the exact same variety which can be viewed for free.
Written 16 April 2024
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Linder24
Ridgeley, WV224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful park! Amazing scenery, everywhere you look. Be sure to pack a lunch and have plenty of water so that you can take full advantage of the walking trails.
Written 13 April 2024
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VespagirL55
Bisbee, AZ36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Bicycles are a great way to tour the East park. The paved loop road is about 8 miles, but you can insert a 5-mile (round trip) ride on the Cactus Forest Trail. We had some lovely conversations with hikers when we pulled over to let them by, mostly about the profusion of wildflowers alongside the trail. Make your ride a bit longer by dipping into the picnic areas. The loop road can be busy, but drivers tend to be courteous. Note that there are some steep sections! A meal at Saguaro Corners after your visit is a great way to fill up the tank after your ride.
Written 11 April 2024
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MC0959
Toronto, Canada144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited the west Park. The drive with some short walks of the park was spectacular. The cacti and mountain views were superb. Signal Hill was closed off.
Written 2 April 2024
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