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Backpacker Magazine – September 2008

Secrets Of Saguaro National Park

The name doesn't say it all: Arizona's premier cactus preserve conceals a cool mountain escape.

by: David Pidgeon

Saguaro NP is home to 50 species of cacti. (Mark Lisk)
Saguaro NP is home to 50 species of cacti. (Mark Lisk)
Map by International Mapping Associates
Map by International Mapping Associates

Plan It
Map and Guide
Grab Trails Illustrated #237 Saguaro National Park ($12, natgeomaps.com) and Saguaro National Park and Santa Catalina Mountains, by Bruce Grubbs ($15, falcon.com).

Season
Year-round (expect snow up high in winter, hot temps down low in summer).

Permits
Required ($6/night); available first come, first served at the visitor center, or reserve up to two months in advance (520-733-5153; nps.gov/sagu).

The Way
In Tucson, take East Speedway Boulevard 17.5 miles to the trailhead.




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