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Cactus Forest Drive

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Cactus Forest Drive

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3693 S Old Spanish Trail Saguaro East, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601
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Grover R wrote a review Mar 2021
Pensacola, Florida11060 contributions960 helpful votes
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The National park service did a great job with this diving opportunity to experience the Sonoran Desert. I was somewhat skeptical of this before our visit. While a visit of both districts did confirm the West District is better for seeing more and better Saguaro Cactus, I really enjoyed the drive on this road. There were more Saguaro cactus than I expected. However, it was a great drive through the Sonoran desert which is vast different, more diverse, more abundant and simply more appealing, than other deserts like the Chihuahuan. After 6 days and 1,000 miles of Chihuahuan experience, the Sonoran was a welcome oasis. However, it is not just the flora, you are also ringed by Mountains, the Rincon and Santa Catalina. We actual visited twice, once on the first morning we were in Tucson and once at Sunset on our final night. Our hotel was on the east side and it was easy for us to get to the park. While there was visual incursion, I was impressed how the park could be so close to a metropolitan area and still feel wilderness. We did not see much wildlife other some birds and rabbits here, but at sunset it was amazing how much of it we heard, javelinas and coyotes. Really great drive in a national park; also made for bicycling.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Alaskalover2006 wrote a review Mar 2021
Coon Rapids, Minnesota175 contributions20 helpful votes
We enjoyed this drive so much we did it three different times during our month stay in the area! Each time we noticed changes in the cacti.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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jfd wrote a review Mar 2021
Scottsdale, Arizona1496 contributions434 helpful votes
We visited after a night of snow which left the mountain tops white. Luckily the parking areas were not that crowded. We started at the visitor center where they limit the number of people inside. We bought a couple of things for the grandkids. We did the 8 mile loop stopping at several places and did the mica trail which is .7 miles. Lots of places for picture taking. Worth a visit if you are on the east side of town.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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NYU62 wrote a review Feb 2020
Tucson, Arizona14100 contributions4690 helpful votes
We did have other plans, but due to car troubles (on both cars!) decided to do something closer to home. This is so close, that if we were hikers, we could walk there. We love this Park, and we love this Drive. Always very relaxing and soothing. As we drove in through the National Park Gate, we saw a sign for "Overflow Parking" to the right. Although it was Valentine's Day, it was Friday, so we did not anticipate a crowd. The Visitor Center parking lot did not have a single empty spot, and we figured that we just might be following cars for the entire 8 mile loop. However, it seemed like everyone was at the Visitor Center, or hiking, as we saw very few cars driving the Drive. However, all the parking spots, near Trailheads, were full. In fact, we even saw quite a few people, illegally parked. They had backed into areas, where they had driven over the plants living there. That really caught us by surprise, as we, usually, associate hikers with nature lovers, and this is not something we would expect to see. It was a beautiful day, and we so enjoyed our drive through the Park again. Swung into the two picnic areas, and saw people picnicking. Must remember to bring a picnic next time. This is the perfect weather for it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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PatD06795 wrote a review Feb 2020
Watertown, Connecticut73 contributions7 helpful votes
This is a great place to hike as the paths are fairly level and well marked, When you go make sure to wear a hat, use sunscreen and take PLENTY OF WATER! It is especially spectacular with the wildflowers, cactus' and saguaros in bloom from March to July. The rangers have several programs from the visitor center.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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