Saguaro National Park

Unless you're ready for a long desert hike, the best way to see Saguaro is from the comfort of your car.

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  • 1. Bajada Loop Drive

    Scenic Drive

    This 6-mile drive winds through thick stands of saguaros and past two picnic areas and trailheads to a few short hikes, including one to a petroglyph...Read More

  • 2. Cactus Forest Drive

    Saguaro East | Scenic Drive

    This paved 8-mile drive provides a great overview of all Saguaro East has to offer. The one-way road, which circles clockwise, has several turnouts...Read More

  • 3. Hope Camp Trail

    Saguaro East | Trail

    Well worth the 5-mile round-trip trek, this Rincon Valley route rewards hikers with gorgeous views of the Tanque Verde Ridge and Rincon Peak...Read More

  • 4. Hugh Norris Trail

    Saguaro West | Trail

    This 10-mile trail through the Tucson Mountains is one of the most impressive in the Southwest. It's full of switchbacks, and some sections...Read More

  • 5. Signal Hill Trail

    Saguaro West | Trail

    This ¼-mile trail in Saguaro West is a simple, rewarding ascent to ancient petroglyphs carved a millennium ago by the Hohokam people. Easy. ...Read More

  • 6. Valley View Overlook Trail

    Saguaro West | Trail

    On clear days you can spot the distinctive slope of Picacho Peak from this relatively easy 1½-mile trail with a gentle ascent in Saguaro West...Read More

  • 7. Cactus Forest Trail

    Saguaro East | Trail

    This 2½-mile one-way loop is a moderately easy walk along a dirt path that passes historic lime kilns and a wide variety of Sonoran Desert vegetation...Read More

  • 8. Cactus Garden Trail

    Saguaro East | Trail

    This 100-yard paved trail in front of the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible and has resting benches and interpretive signs...Read More

  • 9. Desert Discovery Trail

    Saguaro West | Trail

    Learn about plants and animals native to the region on this paved path in Saguaro West. The ½-mile loop is wheelchair accessible, and has resting...Read More

  • 10. Desert Ecology Trail

    Saguaro East | Trail

    Exhibits on this ¼-mile loop near the Mica View picnic area explain how local plants and animals subsist on limited water. Dogs on leash are...Read More

  • 11. Douglas Spring Trail

    Saguaro East | Trail

    This challenging 6-mile trail, steep in some parts, leads almost due east into the Rincon Mountains. After a half mile through a dense concentration...Read More

  • 12. Freeman Homestead Trail

    Saguaro East | Trail

    Learn a bit about the history of homesteading in the region on this 1-mile loop. Look for owls living in the cliffs above as you make your way...Read More

  • 13. Junior Ranger Program


    In the Junior Ranger Discovery program, young visitors can pick up an activity pack any time of the year at either visitor center and complete...Read More

  • 14. King Canyon Trail

    Saguaro West | Trail

    This 3.5-mile trail is the shortest, but steepest, route to the top of Wasson Peak in Saguaro West. It meets the Hugh Norris Trail less than...Read More

  • 15. Mam-A-Gah

    Saguaro West | Other Attraction

    This is the most isolated picnic area in Saguaro West. It's on King Canyon Trail, a good area for birding and wildflower viewing. It's about...Read More

  • 16. Manning Camp

    Historic Home

    The summer home of Levi Manning, onetime Tucson mayor, was a popular gathering spot for the city's elite in the early 1900s. The cabin can be...Read More

  • 17. Mica View

    Saguaro East | Other Attraction

    Talk about truth in advertising: this picnic area gives you an eyeful of Mica Mountain, the park's highest peak. None of the tables are in the...Read More

  • 18. Orientation Programs


    Daily programs at both park districts introduce visitors to the desert. You might find presentations on bats, birds, or desert blooms, and naturalist...Read More

  • 19. Ranger Talks


    The assortment of talks by national park rangers are a great way to hear about wildlife, geology, and archaeology. ...Read More

  • 20. Sendero Esperanza Trail

    Saguaro West | Trail

    Follow a sandy mine road for the first section of this 6-mile trail in Saguaro West, then ascend via a series of switchbacks to the top of a...Read More

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