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Saguaro Silhouette at Sunset

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There's more than sand in the southern Arizona desert. Come mid-winter through spring, or after the mid-summer monsoon rains, and you'll find flowing water and reflecting pools among the cacti-studded hills.

On the northwest flank of the Santa Catalina mountains, just a half-hour's drive north of central Tucson, you'll find a desert oasis in Catalina State Park--a haven for hikers, trail-runners and folks on horseback. Come mid-week to avoid crowds. Saguaro silhouettes--icons of the Southwest. Head back into town after sunset for killer margaritas and enchiladas...

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by Joseph Cyr
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