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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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El Paso, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Our family of 4 ( 2 adults, 10 yrs old and 7 yrs old) visited this park with high expectations. The infrastructure was indeed great. Beautiful reception and great gift shop. The movie theatre is fantastic but the movie itself was too philosophical - leaving out the basic facts of desert life and creatures that we came to learn about.... More

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We arrived on a very hot day (108+ Fahrenheit, no clouds). Luckily, we were prepared with water, hats and sunscreen. The very low humidity makes this heat all very doable. Back home (NC mountains), this kind of heat never happens, but if it did it would be accompanied by very high humidity and would be crippling. Good stuff to know:... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This national park truly lives up to its name. There are enormous Saguaro everywhere and many were in bloom in June. The visitor center has a very cool movie about the park as well. Be sure to wait until the ending which is unique as far as the other movies from national parks we've seen. There are also a nice... More

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Orlando, Florida
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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Nice visitor center, lots of cactus and wildlife. I think saguaro east was a little nicer, I know the roads there were paved.

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New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Unpaved road but very drivable with many saguaros. Many more than the East Section of the park. Ask ranger for directions back to Tucson using Kinney Road to Gates Pass Road. This is a very scenic road and there are saguaros everywhere.

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New Orleans LA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
38 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We spent a great afternoon among the huge cacti in Saguaro West National Park. Stay as late as they'll allow and see the cacti close to sundown and they're shadows. Several places vantage points make them seem like bunches of people hitching rides right next to the road. Well-informed Rangers make the experience that much more enjoyable.

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Amazing place to visit: we highly recommend it. We went on a Sunday--no crowds! Being from the Southeast, the whole experience seemed other-worldly.

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Lexington Park, Maryland
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I love scenic parks and overlooks, and this place combined them with mountains and cacti everywhere. I always wanted to see the Saguaro's in person and they are amazing. I never realised how big they actually are. There are trails here, but I stuck to the driving roads. I got out and walked around a bit and took pictures. I... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is the desert! Arizona is a dusty and pokey place and the Bajada loop drive is an extreme example of that! Everyone should do this once in their life! The rangers at the visitor center were very nice and helped my children complete a Jr Ranger program and earn their badges and patches. I would recommend that if you... More

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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159 reviews 159 reviews
97 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I very much enjoyed my visit here. My trip from west Tucson was a great drive: easy, not too time consuming, and scenic. I would highly recommend stopping at the visitor center to speak with a ranger. I usually ask: “What should I do?” “What should I not do?” and “What is worth seeing for a [fill in the time]... More

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