Southern Arizona is home to the nation’s largest cacti, the giant saguaro. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.
In the western Tucson Mountain District, Signal Hill Trail leads to petroglyphs of the ancient Hohokam people. This district has a denser population of cacti and it is usually the more popular side of the park.
In the eastern Rincon Mountain District, Cactus Forest Drive is a loop road with striking views of the desert landscape. Although this section of the park has fewer cacti, it is often preferred by photographers since the Rincon Mountains create a beautiful backdrop.
Red Hills Visitor Center Address: 2700 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85743
Coordinates: 32.251850, -111.187960
Saguaro National Park has two visitor centers. Saguaro West has the Red Hill Visitor Center and Saguaro East has a smaller visitor center at the entrance.