Cactus Forest Loop Drive

Tucson, Arizona

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Starting from the Rincon Visitor Center, the Cactus Forest Loop Drive winds for about 6 miles through a classic section of the Sonoran Desert Valley, with large stands of saguaro cacti as well as expansive views of the Rincon Mountains. The entire loop is paved and most of it is one-way. In the summer, plan your drive for the cool of early morning. Take a picnic and plan to have lunch at one of the picnic areas, and take a walk along the very short Desert Ecology Nature Trail or a short distance along one of the other trails. Highlights: This scenic drive provides access to the short Desert Ecology Nature Trail and several picnic areas, plus views of saguaro cacti and the Rincon Mountains.

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"Starting from the Rincon Visitor Center, the Cactus Forest Loop Drive winds for about 6 miles through a classic section of the Sonoran Desert Valley, with large stands of saguaro cacti as well as expansive views of the Rincon Mountains. The entire loop is paved and most of it is one-way.

In the summer, plan your drive for the cool of early morning. Take a picnic and plan to have lunch at one of the picnic areas, and take a walk along the very short Desert Ecology Nature Trail or a short distance along one of the other trails. Highlights: This scenic drive provides access to the short Desert Ecology Nature Trail and several picnic areas, plus views of saguaro cacti and the Rincon Mountains."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 6
Local Contacts: Saguaro National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Cactus Forest Loop Drive

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May 2018