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Cactus Forest Drive

Address: Saguaro National Park, AZ
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Drinking
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Owner description: Eight-mile scenic drive in Saguaro East.
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430 reviews 430 reviews
275 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is a beautiful drive while you can go on the road while watching the great cactus trees. Various sizes, shapes and varieties of cactus are worth watching. You can also get down and see the cactus from near. We can see almost everything in Cactus forest drive. Also get some nice beautiful pictures of the huge and tall Cactus.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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298 reviews 298 reviews
184 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

An easy drive with a couple of places you can pull off the road and walk along paths. We liked this better than Saguaro West.

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Arcadia, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Even though we were anxious to get on with our road trip after a night in Tucson, we wanted to squeeze in something quick yet unique before we left the area. Cactus Forest Drive in Saguaro National Park fit the bill! It costs $10 per vehicle, but we bought the America the Beautiful Annual Pass for $80 as we plan... More

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San Diego, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

very quiet easy trail with wildlife and few people. wonderful towards late afternoon and dusk, but a good pick anytime of day.

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Petra - Wadi Musa, Jordan
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556 reviews 556 reviews
147 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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10 helpful votes 10 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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101 reviews 101 reviews
68 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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338 reviews 338 reviews
204 attraction reviews
321 helpful votes 321 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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