Saguaro West is just a few miles northwest of Tucson, AZ, nestled against the Catalina Mountains. It was sunny and set a record high of 80 degrees! I am not complaining since back home in Virginia Beach, VA, 10 inches of snow fell! Sure glad we are not in that cold!
We had just a fun little drive in the park on a loop on a paved and dirt road. The road winds up and around the base of the mountains through all the different types of desert foliage and, especially, the tall Saguaro Cacti. It takes 75 years before a Saguaro will grow arms, so I can only imagine how old some of them with many big arms are. There are lots of pullouts beside the road for picture taking. Also, most of the pullouts have a trail that goes out into the desert. There are also several parking lots that have many different trails out into the desert and even up some of the small mountains.
However, Saguaro West is not nearly as pretty and big as the Saguaro East National Park on the east side of Tucson. We have driven and hiked through that one a couple of times several years ago. These pictures are very similar to all the hiking pictures I have been posting. Just can’t resist the scenery!
This little guy was the ONLY wildlife we saw! Maybe I will see more on the upcoming hikes. Had to miss this weeks hike because Doug and I both were recovering from the “Tucson Grunge” as they call it, meaning the winter cold and flu that hits every winter. Glad it is behind us!