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. Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum

    Westside | Museum/Gallery

    The name "museum" is a bit misleading, since this delightful site is actually a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden featuring the animals, plants...Read More

  • 2. Bajada Loop Drive

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    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

  • 3. Cactus Forest Drive

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    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

  • 4. Colossal Cave Mountain Park

    Eastside | Cave

    This limestone grotto 20 miles east of Tucson is the largest dry cavern in the world. Guides discuss the fascinating crystal formations and...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Mam-A-Gah


    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

  • 7. Manning Camp


    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

  • 8. Mica View


    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 shade. ...Read More

  • 9. Old Tucson

    Westside | Film Studio

    This film studio–theme park, originally built for the 1940 motion picture Arizona, has been used to shoot countless movies, such as Rio Bravo...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Ranger Talks


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

  • 12. Red Hills Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Take in gorgeous views of nearby mountains and the surrounding desert from the center's large windows and shaded outdoor terrace. A spacious...Read More

  • 13. Rincon Mountain Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Stop here to pick up free maps and printed materials on various aspects of the park, including maps of hiking trails and backcountry camping...Read More

  • 14. Signal Hill

    Geological Site

    The most impressive petroglyphs, and the only ones with explanatory signs, are on the Bajada Loop Drive in Saguaro West. An easy five-minute...Read More

  • 15. Signal Hill


    Because of the nearby petroglyphs, this is the park's most popular picnic site. Its many picnic tables, sprinkled around palo verde and mesquite...Read More

  • 16. St. Augustine Cathedral

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although the imposing white-and-beige, late-19th-century, Spanish-style building was modeled after the Cathedral of Queretaro in Mexico, a number...Read More

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