Saguaro National Park Travel Guide
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Standing sentinel in the desert, the towering saguaro is perhaps the most familiar emblem of the Southwest. Known for their height (often 50 feet) and arms reaching out in weird configurations, these slow-growing giants can take 15 years to grow a foot high and up to 75 years to grow their first arm. They are found only in the Sonoran Desert, and the largest concentration is in Saguaro National Park. In late spring (usually May), the succulent's top is covered with tiny white blooms—the Arizona state flower.The cacti are protected by state and federal laws, so don't disturb them.
Things To Do in Saguaro National Park
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Saguaro sightseeing: Hike, bike, or drive through dense saguaro stands for an up-close look at this king of all cacti.... Read more
There's no drive-up camping in the park. All six primitive campgrounds are in the eastern district and require a hike to reach—the... Read more
The saguaro may be the centerpiece of Saguaro National Park, but more than 1,200 plant species, including 50 types of cactus, thrive in... Read more
The Tucson Hiking Guide, by Betty Leavengood, is a useful and entertaining book with day hikes in the park. Books that give a... Read more
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