Trailer Camping Near Saguaro National Park
December 1, 2011
Filed under National Parks
Arizona is an ideal spot for weathering the winter months, and trailer camping among the Giant Saguaro around the Saguaro National Park is a unique break from the snow.
The Saguaro cacti are are often thought of as the symbol of the American West. These cacti are unique to a very small area of the United States. And it happens to be a very hot area of the country.
The summer months can boil the mercury at 105 degrees in the shade. Hats, sunscreen and light clothing are required for a summer trip, and plenty of water. The winter months are much cooler, with daytime temperatures hovering around 70 degrees and 40 degrees at night.
Two distinct districts make up the park — the Rincon Mountain district and the Tucson Mountain District — and are separated by the city of Tucson and 30 miles. Both districts offer plenty of hiking and site seeing alongside the massive cacti. Those cacti for which the park is named live on average of 150 years, stand 20 feet tall and weigh over a ton. While both parks share similar plants and animals, there are subtle differences that make both parks worth seeing. The Rincon Mountain District has a one mile hike that follows the Freeman Homestead Trail which offers a good opportunity to learn more about the desert around you, as well as the city of Tucson. There is also a beautiful scenic route that can be driven or biked called the Cactus Forest Loop Drive, which offers spectacular views of the Rincon Mountains. The Tucson Mountain District has a program that offers daily presentations that demonstrate the Native American perspective on the Saguaro National Park. Signal Hill picnic area also offers a wonderful view and the chance to see hundreds of petroglyphs, or rock engravings.
There is a $10 entrance fee to either park which is good for seven days.
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