We’ve taken a lot of “road footage” on our family road trip with our GoPro camera. Similar to our 13 hour drive in 15 minutes, we had a fair amount of driving footage from our trip to the Saguaro National Park.
Saguaro National Park is divided into two sections, called districts, lying approximately 20 miles east and 15 miles west of the center of the city of Tucson, Arizona. The total approximate area of Saguaro National Park is 91,442 acres of which 70,905 acres is designated wilderness. There is a visitor center in each of the two districts. Both are easily reached by car from Tucson, but there is no public transport into Saguaro National Park.
Both districts conserve fine tracts of the Sonoran Desert, including ranges of significant hills, the Tucson Mountains in the west and the Rincon Mountains in the east. We visited the Tucson Mountain district during our visit.
The park gets its name from the saguaro, a large cactus which is native to the region. Many other kinds of cactus, including barrel, cholla, and prickly pear, are abundant in the park.
Facilities in the park include 150 miles of well marked and maintained hiking trails, and shorter walking trails with interpretative information available. Backcountry hiking is not advisable during the hot summer months.