Saguaro National Park, Tuscan District

This park is amazing! The Saguaro National Park in Tucson Arizona has two Districts: East(Rincon Mountain Dist.) and West(Tucson Dist.). For our trip we barely had time to visit the Tuscon District, but we really enjoyed what was available at the Visitor Center.

First thing we did was check out the sensory interactive exhibit that was on display outside the Red Hills Visitor Center entrance. Here we learned a little about the animals and plants that live in the Sonoran desert through sight, sounds and touch. We did not get to go inside the Visitor Center because it was closed except for emergencies. Outside we also found maps and other visual educational displays.

Both Visitor Centers have Cactus Gardens. The Cactus Gardens have interpretive trails. This is the “hike” that we were able to do while visiting the park. Along the walk there are signs identifying the plants, great views of the mountains and plenty of photo opportunities.

If you are planning a trip through Tucson, it is definitely doable to spend an hour or two here if that is all the time you have. If you have more time to enjoy the park you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities, hiking and Junior Ranger programming. Both the East and West Districts are just outside Tucson. Travel time between both districts is about 45-60 minutes, depending on traffic.

To find out more and plan your visit the Saguaro National Park website

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