Davis-Monthan Air Force Base or Pima Air and Space Museum and Saguaro National Park East

Vail, Arizona

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Currently, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a diversified military installation. It is home to the largest outdoor aircraft storage facility in the world, and A-10 combat crew training and OA-37 Forward Air Control operations also are conducted. With all the fighter planes and helicopters constantly in the air, the skies over D-M are rarely quiet. Bird-watchers will have a field day at Saguaro National Park. More than fifty species of reptiles also roam around the park. If you’ve thought of the desert as an empty place, think again. As you wander through this rolling, saguaro-studded landscape with its endless shades of sun-bleached green, look for desert tortoises, gophers, coach-whip snakes, ground squirrels, peccaries, coyotes, and mule deer. Driving through a stand of saguaros is unlike driving through any other kind of forest. Although a stately plant, saguaros nevertheless strike some humorous poses. As you walk or drive through the 62,499 acres of this section of Saguaro National Park, you’ll be amazed at the endless variety and sheer numbers of the plants.
Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff

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Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff

by Pam Hait (The Globe Pequot Press)

Currently, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a diversified military installation. It is home to the largest outdoor aircraft storage facility in the world, and A-10 combat crew training and OA-37 Forward Air Control operations also are conducted. With all the fighter planes and helicopters constantly in the air, the skies over D-M are rarely quiet. Bird-watchers will have a field day at Saguaro National Park. More than fifty species of reptiles also roam around the park. If you’ve thought of the desert as an empty place, think again.

As you wander through this rolling, saguaro-studded landscape with its endless shades of sun-bleached green, look for desert tortoises, gophers, coach-whip snakes, ground squirrels, peccaries, coyotes, and mule deer. Driving through a stand of saguaros is unlike driving through any other kind of forest. Although a stately plant, saguaros nevertheless strike some humorous poses. As you walk or drive through the 62,499 acres of this section of Saguaro National Park, you’ll be amazed at the endless variety and sheer numbers of the plants.

©  Pam Hait/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Vail
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base or Pima Air and Space Museum & Saguaro National Park (East)

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