on August 25, 2000
The forest of saguaro cactuses look like a bunch of bad guys marching up the hill, hands held high in surrender. And if the scenery looks familiar, it is probably because you have seen it in dozens of Western movies set in a dozen western states. But don’t be fooled. The saguaro only grows in the Arizona-Mexico border area and the thickest growth is in this park which edges Tucson on the east and the west. Drive, bike or hike through the startling landscape and stick around for a five-star Tucson Sunset. Location: Red Hills Visitor center on Kinney Road, near Arizona Sonora Desert Museum on the west side of Tucson. Reach the East visitor center by driving east on Speedway Boulevard and take Old Spanish Trail about 16 miles east of downtown Tucson.Hours: Every day of the yearAdmission: National Park pass or admission charge. Extra for campers.
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