The Park in a nutshell
The Saguaro Cactus can reach a height of about 30 ft (10 m) and an age of approximately 200 years.
The first 'arms' appear at age 65-70 ! Saguaro National Park is divided into two separate parks:
Saguaro Ost (Tucson Mountain Park), is situated ca. 15 mi east of Tucson and Saguaro West is located ca. 15 mi northwest of Tucson.
Start a park visit by stopping at the visitor center for maps, information, and suggestions. Most visitors enjoy the scenic drives, bird watching, photography, hiking, and participating in guided walks.
There several short self-guided trails or loops (10-30 min) with signs explaining the wildlife and nature.
Numerous guided walks are offered at each visitor center. Published schedules of programs are available during the winter season. Special environmental education programs are frequently conducted for local school groups. Several Junior Ranger Programs are available.
Both districts have miles of trails for hiking and scenic loop drives. For more information on these trails stop at the visitor center.
May, June: Bloom