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Cactus Forest Drive

3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601
(520) 733-5153
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Great intro to the Sonaran desert

This is a one way paved road in the desert. You see many of the big cacti and get out into the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Great short drive

This roughly 8 mile drive takes about 30 minutes, but there are also many trails to explore... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Eight-mile scenic drive in Saguaro East.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601
(520) 733-5153

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a one way paved road in the desert. You see many of the big cacti and get out into the remote east side of town. it's ad decent drive to get out there, so plan on spending some time at the visitor center...More

Thank mojave_ben
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This roughly 8 mile drive takes about 30 minutes, but there are also many trails to explore. Parking for these trails are limited, so be prepared to either wait for someone to leave a spot or to park somewhere else and walk back in to...More

Thank GreenMtnTraveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a beautiful drive, 8.5 miles at the edge of a metropolitan area that often seems blissfully far-removed from all things developed. The last half of the circle drive is especially scenic and the saguaros there seem least disturbed by the grazing that once occurred...More

Thank tilliomet
Reviewed December 3, 2017

The best time to visit is just after sunrise. The air is crisp and clean. The rolling pavement needs some work but it does help to keep speeds down. Multiple turnouts to view the area. 6 mile loop. Take the turnoff to the picnic area,...More

Thank Tucson_AZAdventurer
Reviewed September 24, 2017

This trip will give you a full flavor of some of Arizona’s beauty. The saguaro cacti are amazing in their stature. The mountains in the background only add to the attractivness. You may see some havolinas about too. Stay clear of them and do watch...More

1  Thank TheWiseOwl-AZ
Reviewed September 20, 2017

If you like nature drives, then this is for you. Lots of lovely cactus too see. An evening drive is the best, beautiful sun sets.

1  Thank Sheryl C
Reviewed July 14, 2017 via mobile

We were here in the middle of Jul. it was a bit hot so bring water. The drive is about eight miles long with many pull out places or nature trails to take in the views. It took us about 1.5 hours to go through....More

1  Thank Tim133
Reviewed June 9, 2017 via mobile

We are conflicted with our review. I love National parks. This one though...was a bit out there and i think you can get close to saguaro cactus other places in tucson without driving out as far. Depends on what you are looking for but this...More

3  Thank Sapphiremoon
Reviewed May 22, 2017

Huge cacti storing precious water in the desert, you can walk amongst them and once a year they flower if your lucky enough to see them

2  Thank Felixstowe2016
Reviewed May 19, 2017

I first seen this on the Travel Chanel so I decided to go visit.. What a treat it was! the drive around the one-way loop from the visitor center was great and has made memories for a life time. The drive loop is around 5miles....More

3  Thank Jamie E
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