Location of Saguaro National Park
Tucson (8.3 miles W)
United States of America (USA)
Saguaro National Park established 1994 in Sonoran Desert country is divided into two sections with Tucson, Arizona lying between; with the Tucson Mountains to the west and Rincon Mountains east. Named for the Giant Saguaro, the park protects this species that grows in only a few areas; however other cacti are abundant. The Wilderness Area within the Rincon Mountains is without roads, but is accessible to hikers and backpackers; where bobcats, mountain lions, bears, and a variety of smaller animals reside. Guided hikes are available and can be short or a day-long wilderness trail. Some unusual animals live here, several only found in Arizona, as roadrunners, horned lizards, Gila monsters and kangaroo rats. Fiesta de Saguaro, celebrating the area's Hispanic heritage is listed in the Park Schedule of Events.