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Saguaro East

3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro National Park, AZ
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Parks
Activities: Hiking, Camping
Description: The eastern section of Saguaro National Park.
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Ithaca, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We spent most of a day exploring the park. There were so many plants, birds and animals to find and learn about. The landscape is beautiful. It is well worth the stop here if you are going to be around Tucson.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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130 reviews 130 reviews
50 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

This national park has two divisions about 30 miles apart, but if your time is limited I would select the district closest to where you are and spend my time in one place rather than wasting time navigating traffic and road construction. The eastern district in the Rincon Mountains has backcountry camping and hiking in higher elevations which the western... More

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San Antonio, Texas
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

If you're passing through Arizona, you could do worse than spending your day at this National Park. Amazing how many Saguaro Cacti growing on this land. Make sure you see the short film at the visitors center explaining the culture surrounding this park. Very educational as well as breathtakingly beautiful Enjoy!!

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42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

This is the east side of the Saguaro National Park, just outside of Tucson in the Rincon Mountains. Head east on Broadway or Speedway until you pick up Old Spanish Trail and you'll find it, no problem. The road is about 6-7 miles and there are plenty of small pull overs so you can explore....just be sure to wear solid... More

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Scot in Manchester
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The park is about 30 minutes from central Tucson. The main drive is an 8 mile circular one-way route. There are lots of viewpoints along the way. It is very different park from anything I have visited before. The cacti and other vegetation make for a lovely desert landscape. If you need water there is a free fountain to fill... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed visiting Saguaro National Park - East. The park is very user-friendly starting with helpful handouts provided at the entry point plus directional signs everywhere. You can't get lost! We enjoyed seeing saguaros of all shapes and sizes and found the desert landscape to be beautiful. We parked inside the park and rode our mountain bikes... More

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Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

My wife & I thoroughly enjoyed Saguaro National Park -- East. There is a nice visitors' center with very pleasant volunteers on the trails. We took longer than others would and spend quite some time with the camera trying to get unique shots. Do the ecology trail as well as the homestead trail; both are very easy. Be aware the... More

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Norman, Oklahoma
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226 reviews 226 reviews
88 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We have been to both East and West Parks many times. Both are very nice, but they are not the same. In my opinion Saguaro East has more options for easier trails that don't involve a lot of elevation gain. The landscape through these trails is a bit different with a lot more mesquite and Palo Verde in places. It... More

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Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I think that Saguaro East is a beautiful park that is very accessible by car which is nice to pull out and get pictures of the mountains and cacti. Also there were some good trails with lots of options for how long/far you want to hike since so many intersect. I went on Loma Verde to the Pink Hill lookout... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We have been to Saguaro West a couple of times and really enjoyed it. This time we decided to go east and it was a lot of fun. Stopped at the Visitor Center to get oriented. The staff and volunteers were very helpful and friendly. There is an 8 mile one way loop that begins just inside the park, it... More

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