Tucson is home to the amazing tree-like giant saguaro cactus. Located in only a small portion of the United States, this towering structure can grow to be over 70 feet tall. The Saguaro National Park was created to protect these giants that take hundreds of years to grow. Lying 20 miles east and 15 miles south of downtown Tucson, the park totals over 91,400 acres and is divided into to sections called districts.
The Tucson Mountain District and the Rincon Mountain District both conserve sections of the Sonoran Desert. Mountains rise over 8,000 feet above sea level and provide amazing views of the surrounding areas. The Tucson Mountain District lies lower than the Rincon Mountain District and has a denser population of saguaro cacti.
Enjoy over 128 miles of hiking trails throughout the park giving you opportunities to see not only the massive saguaros but cholla, prickly pear and barrel cacti as well. The Mexican Spotted Owl and the Lesser Long-nosed Bat, both on the endangered/threatened species list, live in the park part of the year during their migration.
Stop in the information center when you visit Saguaro National Park in Tucson and pick up a map of the hiking trails. Backcountry hiking is not advised during the hot summer months. If you plan to take a hike, pack plenty of water and plan out your route according to your skill level.