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Address: 3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Saguaro National Park, AZ 85730-5601
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(520) 733-5153
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Eight-mile scenic drive in Saguaro East.

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Experience the Desert in Early Morning Light

We visited Saguaro Nation Park for the first time ever as an early morning drive through the Cactus Forest Drive trail. It was amazing. In January, when the park opens in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Saguaro Nation Park for the first time ever as an early morning drive through the Cactus Forest Drive trail. It was amazing. In January, when the park opens in the morning, what an awesome experience. See the sun rise, hear the coyotes howling in the valley, listen to the birds go about their day. Very, very special. We... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The drive view points are wonderful and you can see and learn so much from the signs and labels on the plants while in the walking trails.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The best place to see a huge variety of cactus species. Short, but pleasant drive with plenty of stopping places. Well worth the park fee.

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best time to visit, green from winter weather and not extremely hit. Always pretty with Desert Vegatation

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Livingston, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic way to spend an hour seeing all types of cactus from your car. We drove through the park and saw so many cactus. There are pull offs to take fantastic pictures.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Note, this is mostly a one way drive, but there are areas to pull off and look. Our kids loved getting out and looking. The information signs helped to teach and reinforce the teachings to make the experience better. I grew up out here, so to see the growth was shocking. Glad this place exists.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful drive through the cacti forest.. saw some wildlife crossing the road so take it easy. Nice in the morning when everything is fresh and it's not too hot.

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Milpitas, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

It is about 8 miles paved drive. It has many vistas and several hiking trails. It is the east side of saguaro national park. If you do not want to go out from the car this loop drive is really great option to get the essence of the cactus and desert. Temperature is really high during day time so we... More 

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Irving, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

This is a beautiful drive with cutouts in the road to pull off and take pictures or just enjoy the beauty. There are so many cacti for miles and there is a mountain backdrop throughout. The loop is nine miles.

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Independence, Oregon, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

East or west, the Saguaro NP features plenty of scenery and beauty. Just because you saw the West Park going to the Desert Museum (which you should), don't assume the East Park is redundant. The Cactus Forest Drive (8 miles one-way loop) offers fantastic-amazing-unique cacti viewing and good views all-around. Stop and walk some and learn as you go. Go... More 

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