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Address: 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro National Park, AZ
Phone Number: 520-733-5153
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The eastern section of Saguaro National Park.

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Beautiful! Many places to explore!

We did not have time to adequately plan our visit here, but no worries. This time of year, the visitor center is not very busy and the Rangers will point you to appropriate... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Kelly J
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Neosho, Wisconsin
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Neosho, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We did not have time to adequately plan our visit here, but no worries. This time of year, the visitor center is not very busy and the Rangers will point you to appropriate spots to visit. We went to the Mica picnic area and hiked the two mile loop north of that. Saw birds and critters and even a lizard... More 

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Lincroft, New Jersey
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23 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you want to see the quintessential cactus, this is the place to visit. Take the drive around the park and stop every place you can. You can hike among the cacti. Be careful to visit this park when it is not too hot. There is one major trail that goes up into the mountains. If you have time, take... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This a a unique area as Saguaro's growing area is native to the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the Mexican State of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. The park has many trails and some picnic area. We didn't hike any of the trail just drove the 8 mi loop. If you enjoy beautiful vistas and... More 

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Thank Paul4093
Arlington Heights
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213 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is my second visit to Saguaro National Park. The first time we only visited Saguaro West, and found it to be spectacular - so much so, that we did not have time to visit Saguaro East. On this trip we only visited Saguaro East. The park is beautiful against the backdrop of the Rincon Mountains. However, unless you are... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This park is so gorgeous with these thousands of different Saguaro variations. I got obsessed, and took so many pictures. These cacti were the flora representation of us humans. You don't see two alike, each has its own character - simply amazing. It was here where we witnessed one of the most spectacular sunsets EVER.

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Thank Ehe20
World
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a wonderful long day hiking the trails in the cactus forest. Really a great trail system, well maintained and with opportunities to piece together hikes of any length. Once you get away from the road, the silence--except for birdsong--is complete. The vegetation (saguaro, barrel cactus, prickly pear cactus, several kinds of cholla, mesquite, sage, palo verde, brittlebush) is... More 

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Thank always_ambulatory
Chicago, Illinois
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ~8 mile drive is great. You can walk or drive it. If you decide to drive, still give yourself a few hours because there are trails along the drive where you can park and hike. There are picnic areas with convenience rooms. Beautiful vistas. Wonderful geology. Spectacular saguaros. If you climb the rocks at Javelina Rock you can see... More 

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Thank Mahaluna
Naperville, Illinois
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503 reviews
200 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great national park. Stop at the visitor center and look at the small museum and watch the short video. Then take a drive around the 8 mile loop that gives you an opportunity to see these cacti up close. They are amazing and live far longer than you would imagine - they don't even start growing arms until age... More 

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Thank mja1982
Colorado
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151 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yep, it's a lot of cactus, but there is wildlife and birding if you look close enough, and some fantastic sunsets. I regret that while we came here twice we did both times at sunset. I would really love to see what is out and about during the daytime. Seems a little under appreciated for some of the vistas, panoramas,... More 

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Mt Pleasent, pa
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Amazing to see the difference in these beautiful saguaros. I had the dog so not many places he could get out at but the ride was worth it. There is a fee per car unless you have a park pass. The visitors center wass great also and the rangers were helpful.

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