Saguaro National Park, AZ
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Snow Falling on Saguaros, a Tucson Winter SpectacleIf, like most visitors, you head for Tucson between Thanksgiving and Easter, you're probably seeking sun and warmth while the rest of the country deals with the winter blahs. And you'll most likely find what you're looking for. There's a reason why golfers, cyclists, hikers, and runners flock to southern Arizona this time of year. But, once or twice a decade, the lush Sonoran desert might get a snowfall—it never lasts for long, but every saguaro, ocotillo, cholla, and prickly pear cactus will be edged in ephemeral white. As soon as the sun comes up over the mountains, you'll start hearing the drip drip drip of the inevitable melting...And by the next day you're likely to be wearing shorts again. Saguaro National Park, which flanks both the western and eastern edges of Arizona's second-largest city, is the ideal place to go for a hike in the rare desert snow. The Eastern (Rincon Mountain) division of the park has a hilly eight-mile one-way loop road with access to numerous trails. Drive slowly and yield to the runners and senior-citizen-cyclists-in-spandex with thighs of steel. Get out and up into the saguaro-studded hills before the unlikely landscape disappears...Keep your eyes open for bobcats, mule deer, and the pig-like javelina. (You're less likely to encounter a rattlesnake in the winter months, but this is still desert wilderness.) And if there's no snow, you might be treated to spring wildflowers. Don't forget your sunscreen...
almost 6 years ago
In July the monsoon rules and almost every afternoon it pours heavily. Then in the evening the sky clears up and you get to see some of the most spectacular sunsets ever.
over 5 years ago
Every visit to Tucson should include a stop at Saguaro National Park. There are two parts to the park, the Tucson Mountain District and the Rincon Mountain District. My favorite is the Rincon Mountain District. The Cactus Forest Loop Drive is beautiful. It only takes a few hours with stops to enjoy this beautiful park in Tucson
over 5 years ago
Tucson, in southern Arizona, is the place to cowboy up and horseback ride the trails through the stunning High Sonoran Desert—or you can also blast down trails on a mountain bike. The spectacular beauty of the desert here is compelling, and its wide-open wonders can be seen in the stately saguaro cacti at Saguaro National Park. The world’s largest cacti, the saguaro are found only in a small portion of the United States. Head to Mt. Lemmon to see the incredible rock formations and vistas and then hike the cascades of Seven Falls at Sabino Canyon.