Surprise! Saguaro National Park is home to many Saguaro cacti. Many other cacti too, of course. And mountains, etc. What strike me though, is that instead of being far from civilization like many other national parks, this one bumps right up to Tucson, AZ. It’s still a nice place to visit, but I prefer to keep my eye on the scenery, of which there is more than enough.
The park has two discontiguous districts: Tucson Mountain District (west) and Rincon Mountain District (east). I spent all of my time in the east district, although I only visited two area. There is much more for me to explore here.
Tanque Verde Ridge
The Tanque Verde Ridge Trail follows a trail that provides commanding views in all directions. It’s a long, steady climb (except for one area in the middle that goes up and down). It is not the place to go if you like flat trails.
Broadway Trailhead Area
Broadway Trailhead is located in the extreme northwest corner of the Rincon Mountain District. It is very popular. The are has so many trails close to each other that it’s easy to get lost. It’s also very flat. So it was a nice place to visit for a short while.
Next destination: Sonoran Desert National Monument