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Saguaro West

2700 N. Kinney Rd., Saguaro National Park, AZ 85743
+1 520 733 5158 (westside) +1 520 733 5153 (eastside)
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Description: The western section of Saguaro National Park.
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San Diego, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

You've seen a lot of cactus around Arizona but you haven't really experienced the majesty of the Saguaro until you've been through the National Park. The visitor's center is one of the most beautiful and spectacular I've ever seen. The building was designed to maximize the panoramic views there. If you were traveling with seniors or others who couldn't handle... More

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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Seeing the Saguaro catci was always high on our list for our 19 day road trip from Miami to LA, and the Western park of the Saguaro Narional Park delivered. A real highlight of the whole trip. We only had 2/3 hours, but that was enough time to detour off the interstate, visit the red hills visitor centre, desert discovery... More

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New Haven, CT
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Yes, it's a beautiful view, especially at Signal Hill and the overlook. However, the dirt road is not kind, washboard in many places, and loose stones/pebbles abound. Respect the speed limit (25 mph) and leave plenty of room in front of you. Don't bypass Gate's Pass, but be prepared for the crowds (sometimes noisy) at sunset. For more solitude, highly... More

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Oxford MD
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A broad selection of trails varying in length and difficulty. Trails are well-marked as a rule. It is not as secluded as it seems which is good--you can feel alone but not be without resources if needed.

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Bengaluru
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418 reviews 418 reviews
266 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Saguaro Cacti are huge and tall. Some are hundreds of years old and spread all through the park. he park is very well maintained and there are trails for people to be on track while watching the cacti. Some were flowering when we were visiting. There are picnic tables and you can enjoy your lunch or snacks while enjoying... More

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Dallas, Oregon
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280 reviews 280 reviews
48 attraction reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The majestic Saguaro cactus is seen almost everywhere in the Tucson area. The national park area is a truly impressive collection, condensed in one area. Our friends described the sight as "huge cactus armies" -- and that's certainly a fitting description. A wonder of nature, for sure.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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31 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The huge saguaro cacti are definitely impressive, but by the time you arrive here you will have seen so many that they no longer seem as unique. We drove through the park on paved roads to get to the Sonora Desert Museum (awesome!) but opted not to drive our rental car on the other unpaved park roads.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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280 reviews 280 reviews
177 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We liked Saguaro East a little better in terms of the drive and the views of the saguaros. What makes Saguaro West so worth the visit is the petroglyphs. A short hike to the top of a hill will give you some great views of the surrounding area, but the rocks themselves are phenomenal. This park has dirt roads, which... More

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westbrook, ct
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This park and its approach from Gates Pass is remarkable. The terrain and all the cactus look like Jurasic Park.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We did not have much time, so after a quick stop at the Visitor's center ( which has a cute gift shop where we spent far too much money on souvenirs ), we drove through the bumpy rough road that is the Bajada loop. It was a gorgeous view of the Saguaro forest, sunset in the desert sky and a... More

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