Saguaro Wilderness West Trails

Tucson, Arizona

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Upgraded in 1994 from national monument status, two units of Saguaro National Park grace the eastern and western city limits of Tucson, Arizona. Created by congress in 1976, the 73,400-acre Saguaro Wilderness is divided between the eastern and western portions of the park, with the 13,470- acre western, or Tucson Mountain, portion (the subject of this section) being the smaller of the two. Heavily forested by quite possibly the most beautiful stand of giant saguaro cactus in the world, the Saguaro Wilderness is quintessential Sonoran Desert Uplands, rich in a variety of desert plants and abundant with wildlife. Desert arroyos in the wilderness are lined with mesquite, palo verde, desert hackberry, and other trees. Ocotillo, jojoba, and creosote bush are common, and prickly pear, barrel, and varieties of cholla are among cacti found here. This trail guide covers an area with 15 miles of trails.

Saguaro Wilderness West Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Upgraded in 1994 from national monument status, two units of Saguaro National Park grace the eastern and western city limits of Tucson, Arizona. Created by congress in 1976, the 73,400-acre Saguaro Wilderness is divided between the eastern and western portions of the park, with the 13,470- acre western, or Tucson Mountain, portion (the subject of this section) being the smaller of the two.

Heavily forested by quite possibly the most beautiful stand of giant saguaro cactus in the world, the Saguaro Wilderness is quintessential Sonoran Desert Uplands, rich in a variety of desert plants and abundant with wildlife. Desert arroyos in the wilderness are lined with mesquite, palo verde, desert hackberry, and other trees. Ocotillo, jojoba, and creosote bush are common, and prickly pear, barrel, and varieties of cholla are among cacti found here. This trail guide covers an area with 15 miles of trails."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 15
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 2,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,687 feet
Local Contacts: National Park Service
Local Maps: USGS Avra Valley, Brown Mountain, Jaynes, Cat Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Saguaro Wilderness West Trails

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