With the Tucson suburbs creeping ever outward, and Phoenix having swallowed almost all the Valley of the Sun, this two-unit park was upgraded from national monument status in 1994. Visitors can learn about the natural history of the Sonoran Desert at either the east or west section in the visitor center, but more worthy is a stroll along the paths that lead past the namesake saguaros, along dry washes with mesquite, acacia and paloverde trees, keeping your eyes open for rattlesnakes, javelinas, the shy Gila monsters and the ebullient hummingbirds that live here. The east (Rincon) side climbs up to the pine zone of its mountain home, but the west park is entirely desert. Interpretive trails guide visitors to understand the unique nature of the Sonoran Desert at both park segments.
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