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The most biologically diverse of the four North American deserts.

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A Very Green Desert: Lots of life; Please Come Prepared

Most people hear "desert" and think of something like the Sahara where it is just sand and sand dunes. The Sonoran Desert, located southwest of Phoenix, is quite the opposite... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2014
JT_Turner3
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Riverside, California
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2,145 reviews
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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Take just about any exit while driving through the desert and you'll get a much cleaner, natural, and rewarding view. You can also find places to pull over on the side roads to look closely at the beauty, and capture great photos. Evening is best as the colors change, shadows get long, and sunsets are various levels of spectacular!

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1 Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Peoria, Arizona
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Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

I grew up near Buckeye so I am obviously partial to this area, but it truly is beautiful. Open landscapes make for amazing photography during the monsoon and rainy season. Bring lots of water and be prepared to face the desert during summer seasons

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Middletown, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2015

I drove out to see the desert national monument and it was really pretty boring. Just a drive with some cactus'. I can see cactus elsewhere.

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Green Bay, WI
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Reviewed 19 March 2015

Four of us had a lovely 5 mile hike thru the Sonoran Desert. It's greener than you would think. Many hills and dales...very pleasant and perfectly sunny. We decided on a path that wasn't too treacherous. definately wear tennies and watch where you are walking. We didn't see any animals, but a lot of different cactii and flowers on them.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Most people hear "desert" and think of something like the Sahara where it is just sand and sand dunes. The Sonoran Desert, located southwest of Phoenix, is quite the opposite; even in the hottest, driest part of the summer, it is very green and lots of creatures to be seen. The terrain is flat areas with deep, dry washes, with... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

You might think that the sonoran desert is dry and empty but after hiking through this monument I saw how verdant and full of life it is. For solitude and stark beauty this is the place to go. I first tried to take the Table Top trail in the southern section of the monument, but the road was washed out.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

It's my first US trip and is one of the attractions I visited.It was my 1st desert experience and it was a great exposure! I went last Dec 2012 so even it was strikingly sunny the weather was very chilly and that gave us more opportunity to explore the desert/hiking trails. It was my 1st time to see gigantic cacti!

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phoenix
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2013

most of the reviews here are for the arizona-sonora desert museum out side of tucson, az. The sonoran desert national monument is south west of phoenix. It is a wonderful area but travelers should know there is not a visitor center or any place to buy water.

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San Jose, CA
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

The Sonoran Desert National Monument is a great place to explore the desert. There are a couple of easy hiking trails that takes you through some magnificent cacti areas. I was there in the winter but I’ll look forward to visiting in the spring when all the cactus are in bloom. If you’re traveling down Interstate 10, you can take... More 

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12 Thank SJCA_Cruiser
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Reviewed 18 February 2012

This was not my first visit to the Sonora Desert Monument but every time I visit I learn and see more. Anyone visiting this area should not miss this marvelous attraction. It is a great place for families to visit and experience the desert and animal and plant life peculiar to the desert.

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