Located in the south of Arizona on the outskirts of Tucson, Saguaro National Park is a prominent part of the United States National Park System. The park preserves the desert landscape, the various species of flora and fauna contained within the two sections of the park, one on the east and the other on the west of Tucson. The park was established in order to protect its namesake - the giant saguaro cactus. In the park, Saguaro are near the northernmost limit to their natural survival zone within the Sonoran Desert.
The park consists of two sections, known as districts lying approximately 20 miles east and 15 miles west of the center of the city Tucson. A major portion of the park has been designated as wilderness. Both the districts have a visitor center and are easily accessible by car. Facilities in the park comprise about 150 miles of hiking trail and shorter walking trails.
Things to Do: Guided Programs, Junior Ranger Programs, Wilderness Hiking
Address: 3693 S Old Spanish Rd Tucson, AZ 85730
Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (closed on Christmas Day)
Weekly Pass: $10
Individual Weekly Pass: $5
Individuals 15 years or younger are admitted free of charge.
Winter season is a great time to experience the desert as the day breaks or in the late of the day as the sun disappears behind the surrounding mountain ranges.