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Well marked, self guided tour of the Saguaro forest.

This is part of the Rincon section of the Saguaro National Park. It is an 8 mile one -way loop that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Great Hiking, Biking, Pic-Nicing, Photography, Sunsets

Cactus Forest Drive is the scenic driving and cycling loop road through Saguaro National Park... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2019
Ernest M
Tucson, Arizona
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Eight-mile scenic drive in Saguaro East.
3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601
(520) 733-5153
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is part of the Rincon section of the Saguaro National Park. It is an 8 mile one -way loop that you can do at your own speed. Well worth it with great signage.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 12, 2019

Cactus Forest Drive is the scenic driving and cycling loop road through Saguaro National Park eastern unit. It's a great place to take a walk, hike, bicycle, horse back ride or pic-nice. It is a popular destination for locals and visitors to go to see...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ernest M
Reviewed July 27, 2019

The drive gives you a better insight in the evolution of this cactus forest, why it is so unique. Get out at the points that are marked as it is worth to walk on one of the trails to get amazing views

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Maurica68
Reviewed July 3, 2019

This scenic drive is inside Saguaro National Park so technically you have to pay even if no one is manning the fee station. I prefer Saguaro East mainly because of this paved road. It's much better than the gravel road at Saguaro West. It's mostly...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank nranger7
Reviewed June 15, 2019

Taking this drive through the heart of the extensive saguaro forest was the last activity we did before heading home to San Diego the following day. We chose to arrive at dusk and being there at sunset was so perfect. Being in the canyon is...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank lifeisahighwayblog
Reviewed May 7, 2019

We really enjoyed this drive. The flowers were in bloom. Many saguaros to see. Make sure you stop and walk around the Javelina Rocks area.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank LegoAthos
Reviewed May 1, 2019

My mom & I had a wonderful time exploring Saguaro National Park (east) on our Tucson visit. I was particularly interested in birds, so we got an early morning start. Even if you are not a bird enthusiast, to avoid extreme heat early morning is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank Tiffy_Bird
Reviewed April 21, 2019

Wildflowers are blooming everywhere (including our backyard), but decided to go check them out on this lovely Drive in the Park. As we drove in, we saw an "Overflow Parking" sign pointing right. However, we were not here to go to the Visitor Center, so...More

Date of experience: April 2019
8  Thank NYU62
Reviewed April 17, 2019

8 mile - one way drive... stop at the picnic area on south side to hit the little boys rooms and a short hike towards the mtn

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank westTrailrunner
Reviewed April 13, 2019

Great way to see the desert and lots of saguaro. This drive is a beautiful experience in the foothills of the Rincon mountains. We have enjoyed the walks at Mica view and the homestead walk. Great places to stretch your legs.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Theresa B
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Response from Tucson_AZAdventurer | Reviewed this property |
Depending on time of day I'd say 90 min or so, especially if you want to get out at the overlooks