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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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New York City, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
47 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

They're different. This visitor center is newer with a large movie theatre and great views of the Saguaro forest. The Bajada loop and Signal hill are worth it, even with a rental car. We spent less than an hour in the park after four hours at the nearby Desert Museum.

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San Diego, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
29 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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420 reviews 420 reviews
267 attraction reviews
260 helpful votes 260 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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48 attraction reviews
188 helpful votes 188 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
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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287 reviews 287 reviews
182 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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