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Saguaro National Park

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Things to do: scenic drive, trails
Saguaro National Park proves that the desert can actually be quite vibrant. The park takes its name from the giant cacti--the largest in the country--found throughout it. This towering symbol of the West is just one of 25 cactus species here. The prickly pear cactus provides sustenance for one of the park's largest residents, the desert tortoise, while desert foxes and coyotes inhabit the lower elevations and bobcats and cougars prowl the dry mountains. The park straddles the city of Tucson, with the larger Rincon Mountain District sitting to the east and the Tucson Mountain District to the west. Both areas include roads that connect to hiking trails. The 13.4 km (8.3 mi) loop road through the Rincon Mountains provides access to this area's temperate coniferous forest. Whichever area you choose, you'll likely witness a colorful desert sunset. Make the most of your holiday in Saguaro National Park by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our United States trip itinerary maker.
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Technically there are no developed campgrounds within the boundaries of Saguaro National Park, but six designated campgrounds lie in the Saguaro Wilderness Area adjacent to the park. Camping at any of them requires a small-fee permit. Most visitors drive through the park, but you can find plenty of accommodations in Tucson and around the park's edges. Establishments closest to the park tend to be desert resorts and spas, but you can also find plenty of quaint inns and bed and breakfasts along the park's borders.
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