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Cactus Forest Drive

3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Saguaro National Park, AZ 85730-5601
(520) 733-5153
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For the nature person and Saguaro fan

We were here in the middle of Jul. it was a bit hot so bring water. The drive is about eight... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tim133
,
San Antonio, Texas
via mobile
Hmmmm....

We are conflicted with our review. I love National parks. This one though...was a bit out there and... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2017
Sapphiremoon
,
Lake Tahoe (Nevada), Nevada
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Eight-mile scenic drive in Saguaro East.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“the loop” (13 reviews)
“great option” (2 reviews)
“lane road” (2 reviews)
LOCATION
3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Saguaro National Park, AZ 85730-5601
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here in the middle of Jul. it was a bit hot so bring water. The drive is about eight miles long with many pull out places or nature trails to take in the views. It took us about 1.5 hours to go through....More

Thank Tim133
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

We are conflicted with our review. I love National parks. This one though...was a bit out there and i think you can get close to saguaro cactus other places in tucson without driving out as far. Depends on what you are looking for but this...More

Thank Sapphiremoon
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Huge cacti storing precious water in the desert, you can walk amongst them and once a year they flower if your lucky enough to see them

1  Thank Felixstowe2016
Reviewed 19 May 2017

I first seen this on the Travel Chanel so I decided to go visit.. What a treat it was! the drive around the one-way loop from the visitor center was great and has made memories for a life time. The drive loop is around 5miles....More

2  Thank Jamie E
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This 8 mile one way loop opens at 7.00AM, which is a great time to see any wildlife. The Saguaro were flowering during our visit in early May and it was a sight to behold. Most of the pullouts had great views and, with the...More

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Gatekeeper (I think it was Colin, a retired Veteran), wanted us to experience Rincon Mountain fully and shared his photos with us, telling us where to get the best shots. His enthusiasm, knowledge and love of this desert environment was contagious and we left...More

2  Thank bryonia2015
Reviewed 25 April 2017

This drive brings alive the Desert Southwest. You feel remote and always think of the great westerns you watched on TV. Great chances of seeing unique birds and reptiles.

Thank trouthook69
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Easy drive through the eastern part of the Saguaro National Park. If you have mobility issues, this is the path for you. The saguaros have been thinned out quite a bit over the years due to disease, vandalism, cold weather, etc. It takes about 75...More

Thank AAHolt
Reviewed 13 April 2017

The Cactus Forest Drive is amazing. It doesn't take too long to drive through and see all of the amazing saguaro and other desert plants. There are some terrific trails, too. The visitors' center has a great video about the park. We were there for...More

1  Thank CKT808
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Hard to believe such a beautiful scenic drive exists on the very edge of Tucson! We have done many scenic drives in our travels around North America and this one is well worth the the hour or two out of your day in Tucson. Plenty...More

1  Thank Don R
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