Can You See Saguaro National Park In One Day?
If you only have one day to explore, we recommend visiting Saguaro National Park West and driving the scenic six-mile Bajada Loop Drive. This drive allows you to see the park’s iconic Saguaro cacti, spot some wildlife, and take in rolling views of desert mountains and valleys.
What Makes Saguaro National Park And Its Iconic Cactus So Special?
Saguaro National Park West has some of the prettiest desert landscapes and the largest and most expressive cacti you’ll see anywhere on earth. Containing both desert floor and uplands, Saguaro Park West has hillsides covered with saguaro cactus. The uniquely folded mountain range running through the park creates an ideal microclimate for the saguaro forest to thrive. The elevation ranges from 2,180 ft. to 4,687 ft. and includes two bioclimates: desert scrub (desert floor) and desert grassland (upland).
The saguaro has different columnar variations: crested saguaros are rare and quite striking looking, some saguaros have no arms, some have many arms, not all arms point upward, and saguaros can grow to be 40 feet tall. Saguaros are habitat for many types of winged creatures, and the cactus wren makes its home inside of holes in saguaros.
When Does The Saguaro Cactus Flower?
The Saguaro Cactus Flowering season extends from late April through July. Saguaro flowers are exotic and delicate. They are the lotus flowers of the desert. They typically flower over a few months and their pollinators include bees, bats, white-winged doves, hummingbirds, orioles, woodpeckers, flickers, verdin, and house finches. Learn more about saguaros here.