Saguaro National Park is named after its most visible and popular resident the giant Saguaro Cactus. These extraordinary icons of the desert have an average life span of 150 years and may grow to a height of 50 feet and weigh over 10 tons.
Saguaro National Park has 2 separate districts. The Rincon Mountain District is on the eastside of Tucson; the Tucson Mountain District is on the westside. Both are most often enjoyed by traveling one of the scenic loops, and stopping to hike easy trails along the way. More rigorous backcountry hiking and camping is available with permit and, is only available in the Rincon Mountain District.
The Tucson Mountain District is 15 miles west of Tucson off I-10. The Rincon Mountain District is about 12 east of Tucson.
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