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“Best views from unpaved road” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Saguaro West

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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Type: National Parks, Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
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Owner description: The western section of Saguaro National Park.
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82 reviews 82 reviews
29 attraction reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Best views from unpaved road”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

In order to see much of the western side (of Saguaro National Park) you need to travel on a stretch of unpaved road. There are not many places to pull over, so most of my viewing was from the car.
The visitor center didn't open until 9am, and by then, I had gone all through the marked roads. Since it gets hot here, earlier in the day will be cooler.
Given a choice between Saguaro West and Saguaro East- if you only have time for one, go to Saguaro East instead. It is more accessable, had more pull off areas, and view from varying altitudes.

Visited March 2013
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“Go to not East”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

The drive to this park was amazing. Went to east and thought this can't be all. Got a tip to go on the drive to west and glad we did. Did actually drive the loop there because park was closed but just. Get there was great. If possible stay for sunset.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Our Local National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The highlight is Wasson Peak - it offers 4 great trails to the top, and some of the best wildflowers in spring. For an easier hike, try Brown Mountain.

Visited March 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Iconic Plant Worthy of a National Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Movie westerns were popular when I grew up and I was one of their biggest fans. Nothing became a greater symbol of the West than the Saguaro cactus. So, I was thrilled to visit the Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, the home of this rare, fascinating and iconic desert plant. I couldn’t miss the Saguaros along the park road. They’re everywhere. Though plentiful around Tucson, Saguaros are a rare cactus species that is fully protected by Arizona law and grows only in the Sonoran desert. There is no better place than the Saguaro National Park to learn about them.

The tour conducted by a park ranger at the Red Hills Visitor Center was the highlight of my visit. The ranger conducted the tour with enthusiasm and she knew a lot about cacti in general and the Saguaro in particular. For example, it’s the largest cactus in North America, it grows 50 feet tall or more, it must be shaded by other plants during the first 3 years, it’s pollinated by bats, it blooms for one day in Spring, its fruit ripens in August, the fruit is used for jams, jelly, candy and wine, it may take 60 years or more for arms to start growing, and I could go on and on. The ranger clearly demonstrated why Saguaros are special and her tour was informative and entertaining.

Visited February 2013
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Cranston, Rhode Island
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“A must-see if in Tucson!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Simply beautiful! You must see it. Pictures will do it no justice. You can walk for 30 minutes or hike and camp for days on their vast network of beautiful trails. Tons of wildlife, too!

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