Saguaro National Park Side Trip
While staying in Tucson with my cousin Ky and wife, Bonnie, we took a drive out to the Park and went on the 8-mile-long Cactus Loop Drive. This National Park is divided by the city of Tucson and we visited Saguaro East, the Rincon Mountain District. At the visitor center, we watched a 15-minute presentation about the terrain, the plants, animals and birds that inhabit the desert among the giant Saguaros.
We took about a 5 mile hike up some mild terrain along some of the trails beginning at the Loma Verde Loop trailhead. There was running water along the way through the washes and over the granite ravines. We spotted a number of jack rabbits and even a few white-tail deer and, of course, many different kinds of birds. I had never been out among the Saguaros so was fascinated by their size and shapes. This is one side trip that I highly recommend when in the Tucson area.