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Cactus Forest Drive

Saguaro National Park, AZ
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Drinking
Description: Eight-mile scenic drive in Saguaro East.
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Palo Alto, California
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488 reviews 488 reviews
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

I love a good national park, though this one is just a little sad because so many of the saguaros have disappeared! Keep an eye out for the rare cristate saguaro cactus, though, it's quite exciting when you spot one! We didn't see any of the wildlife that reside in the park during our visit but I think you'd be... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

My wife and I interrupted our drive by doing a 6.5 mile hike from one of the trailheads along the drive. But we thoroughly enjoyed the drive before and after our hike. Near the end are several turnoff points with great views of the canyon covered in cacti and beautiful mountain ranges. While my wife enjoy hiking, I think this... More

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Franklin, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I had intended to hike through Saguaro when I visited, but do to time limitations and extreme heat, I drove the loop road instead and am not disappointed at all. Along it you see some incredible cacti and great ridge lines. Even though I was there mid-morning, there was only one other car and three bikers on the entire loop.

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Tucson
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

Living in Tucson I enjoy driving this 8-mile loop several times a year. It has several hiking trails along the route also. I definitely drive here if we have snowfall. It's a great biking route also.

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Gill, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
48 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

If you never want to get out of your car then this drive will give you a good feel for the desert. Take the time to get out and do some of the short trails for a more informative experience.

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Mirabel, Qc
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172 attraction reviews
269 helpful votes 269 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Nice drive but... nothing compared to the scenic Bajada loop in the western section. If you have to choose, go to the western section to drive the loop and do some hiking. If you happen to be in the eastern section, the Cactus Forest drive is worth doing it at a slow pace and for hiking, I recommend the Loma... More

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Puerto Lindo, Panama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Great photo ops, 9 mile loop was just the right length. I would definitely go back. Lots of places to stop.

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Wisconisn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Went with a friend for a day trip to the cave nearby and then here. Very worthwhile to see all the HUGE cacti and is a very nice drive with gorgeous views. Great place to spend at least a few hrs. or just drive through and pullout here and there for some great pics. Never been anywhere like it ever.

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North Bend, Washington, United States
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19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This approximately eight-mile drive offers wonderful vistas of the saguaros as well as surrounding buttes and extensive prairie. The road is narrow but there are plenty of places to pull over for photos. This is very different scenery than the Bajada Loop Drive in Saguaro West. I imagine the trip could be tedious at busy tourist periods given how narrow... More

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Tucson
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

Cactus Heaven. Slow drive with lots of pullouts. Fun on a bike.

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