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Monday, March 15, 2010

~~~Saguaro National Park - East & West~~~

We took off early in the morning to explore Saguaro (Sa-WAH-ro) National Park. Saguaro National Park is composed of two different parks: The Rincon Mountain Park and the Tucson Mountain Park. The Tucson Mountain Park lies on the west side of Tucson, Arizona, while the Rincon Mountain Park lies on the east side of Tucson. Both Parks were formed to protect and exhibit forests of their namesake plant:
the Saguaro Cactus. Click on any of the pictures to see the detail of the park.

The first one we went to was on the east side of Tucson... It was a beautiful park with all paved roads and great hiking trails. We spent about 2-3 hours driving and exploring the park & trails.... I just loved thes cactus and desert!

Then we were off to the West side called Red Hills... There were considerably more cactus here then in the east side BUT the loop road in the park was dirt, rock and rough to travel... By the time we realized it we were already committed into the drive... It was one way and we couldn't turn around. However even though it was a very rough drive it was magnificent! and our car didn't have any damage.

The saguaro cactus only grows naturally in the Sonoran Desert. There are approximately 1.6 million individual saguaro plants
growing within Saguaro National Park

Enormous cacti, silhouetted by the setting sun, for most of us the Giant Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. And yet, these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants,
on the edge of the modern City of Tucson.
For more Saguaro Park views watch video

Did You Know?
Saguaro National Park is more than just a desert park. In fact, the highest point in the eastern district is Mica Mountain at 8,666. There you will find a dense forest of Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Alligator Juniper, and Aspen.

Until Later... Have FUN, Travel Safe & Enjoy Everyday!


Justine said...

It's amazing just how huge those cacti get, isn't it? Where are you off to next???

Justine :o )

Anonymous said...

Wow, it is so desolate and yet so beautiful, too. I just stopped by to touch baseand I'm trying to catch up with all of my blogs that I follow. I've been really busy with the website I coordinate and my blogging has been nonexistent.

Happy traveling!

Margie M. said...

All the cacti in one place is fantastic. Those are the most beautiful of all cactus (IMHO). Glad you enjoyed your tour of the 2 parks. I did too!! :)


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