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Location: Phoenix

Day 1 - 16 Jun 2019

Tuscon

Phoenix, Tuscon
Phoenix, Tuscon
Phoenix, Tuscon

Content: We drove down from Phoenix and started our road trip to Saguaro National Park, arriving in Tucson in the morning. It was 115 miles journey took us 2 hours to reach Tucson.

Location: Tuscon

Day 1 - 16 Jun 2019

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa

Tuscon,  JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa
Tuscon,  JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa
Tuscon,  JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa

Content: We chose this hotel for its location and great reviews. If you are traveling with kids, this place is great. There are several pools, a lazy river, and corn hole, so there’s a lot to keep kids busy and happy.

Saguaro National Park

Tuscon, Saguaro National Park
Tuscon, Saguaro National Park
Tuscon, Saguaro National Park

Content: The fees in Saguaro National Park is $25 per vehicle. This is good for 7 days and includes both sections of the park.

Location: Saguaro National Park

Day 1 - 16 Jun 2019

Saguaro West

Saguaro National Park, Saguaro West
Saguaro National Park, Saguaro West

Content: The western section, also called the Tucson Mountain District, has a denser population of cacti. This is the more popular section of the park so expect to share the trails and roads with more people here.

The Bajada Loop

Saguaro National Park, The Bajada Loop

Content: The Bajada Loop drive is a 6-mile graded dirt road. The road is well-maintained and is suitable for cars. We drove a Toyota Camry and had no issues on this road.

Valley View Overlook Trail

Saguaro National Park, Valley View Overlook Trail
Saguaro National Park, Valley View Overlook Trail
Saguaro National Park, Valley View Overlook Trail

Content: On this short, easy walking trail, get up close to the Saguaro cactus, prickly pears, and ironwood trees. We continued to the end of the trail for a great viewpoint of the park.This was one of our favorite walks in the park since we walked through one of the densest populations of cacti. Plus, it’s flat and easy and great for all ages.

Signal Hill Petroglyphs

Saguaro National Park, Signal Hill Petroglyphs
Saguaro National Park, Signal Hill Petroglyphs
Saguaro National Park, Signal Hill Petroglyphs

Content: On this short trail we walked uphill to a nice little viewpoint over the park. Along the way, and on the rocks on top of the hill, we got to see the rock art, or petroglyphs, drawn by the Hohokam people over 800 years ago.

Desert Discovery Nature Trail

Saguaro National Park, Desert Discovery Nature Trail
Saguaro National Park, Desert Discovery Nature Trail
Saguaro National Park, Desert Discovery Nature Trail

Content: This is a self-guided nature trail, with lots of informative signs about the Saguaro cactus and the desert ecosystem. It’s easy to walk, educational, and great for all ages.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Saguaro National Park, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Saguaro National Park, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Saguaro National Park, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Saguaro National Park, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Content: This is more of a zoo than a museum, with animal exhibits, an aquarium, and botanical gardens, and it also has a natural history museum.

Asian Spice Restaurant

Saguaro National Park, Asian Spice Restaurant
Saguaro National Park, Asian Spice Restaurant
Saguaro National Park, Asian Spice Restaurant

Content: Very pleasantly surprised. We werer worried about finding good food in Tucson in general, but this place is a real gem. The fried rice was light and fluffy, had great flavor. The food was all fresh; you could see the fresh ingredients. Egg flower soup was delicious.

Location: Saguaro National Park

Day 2 - 17 Jun 2019

Saguaro East

Saguaro National Park, Saguaro East
Saguaro National Park, Saguaro East
Saguaro National Park, Saguaro East

Content: The eastern section, also called the Rincon Mountain District, has a lower concentration of cacti. However, the Rincon Mountains form a nice backdrop for photography. This is also the only place to camp inside the park and it offers miles of backcountry trails, perfect for those who want to leave the crowds behind.

Cactus Forest Drive

Saguaro National Park, Cactus Forest Drive
Saguaro National Park, Cactus Forest Drive
Saguaro National Park, Cactus Forest Drive

Content: This is an 8-mile loop through Saguaro East. It’s one-way only, starting and ending at the visitor center. It is a paved road with plenty of pull-outs and viewpoints along the way.

Desert Ecology Trail

Saguaro National Park, Desert Ecology Trail
Saguaro National Park, Desert Ecology Trail

Content: It is a short walking trail similar to the Desert Discovery Nature Trail in Saguaro West.

Javelina Rocks Overlook

Saguaro National Park, Javelina Rocks Overlook
Saguaro National Park, Javelina Rocks Overlook

Content: We climbed up on top of the rocks for a view over Saguaro National Park and Tucson.

Mica View Trail

Saguaro National Park, Mica View Trail
Saguaro National Park, Mica View Trail
Saguaro National Park, Mica View Trail

Content: This 2-mile round trip trail is flat and easy to walk. Along the way, you’ll get up close to giant Saguaro cacti and have nice views of the Rincon Mountains and Tucson. We saw roadrunners and other wildlife right from the trail.

Phoenix

Saguaro National Park, Phoenix

Content: We ended our two day road trip here and went back to Phoenix.