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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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Arcadia, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Palo Alto, California
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524 reviews 524 reviews
142 attraction reviews
229 helpful votes 229 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
50 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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