Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona is home to the nation's largest cacti. The giant saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic plants, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of the modern city of Tucson. Here you have a chance to see these enormous cacti, silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.

Saguaro National Park Info


Saguaro National Park

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News

Saguaro National Park October Program Schedule

Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of walks and talks that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu, or visit us on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; visitors should call the visitor centers for updates or reservations.

Saguaro National Park Plans Prescribed Fire in Rincon Mountains

Fire managers at Saguaro National Park plan to conduct a prescribed burn on Mica Mountain in the Saguaro Wilderness of the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) this fall when conditions are favorable. The prescribed burn is currently planned for mid-late October 2018.

Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District Offers Youth Outdoor Camps October through April

Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District Offers Youth Outdoor Camps October through April

Saguaro National Park Photos

Arizona: Cactus Forest Aglow

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Arizona:  Cactus Forest Aglow

Evening sunlight, scattered by cactus spines, makes a Saguaro Cactus forest appear to glow. Tucson Mountain District, Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Cacti

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Cacti

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro in spring

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Saguaro in spring

Fog and Cactus, Pima County, Arizona

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Fog and Cactus, Pima County, Arizona

Fog shrouds the Tucson Mountains as a monsoonal thunderstorm clears in Saguaro National Park.

My Travel Paintings - Saguaro National Park Sunset

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My Travel Paintings - Saguaro National Park Sunset

I Only Went Out for a Walk...
Part of a quote I came across by John Muir on a metal sign outside the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center in Saguaro National Park. It captured the feeling of my time in this national park with its desert landscape and saguaro cactus. To think anyone in Tucson only had to go to the city limits and explore the natural beauty any morning or afternoon or evening...a true delight! So that's the story of this image captured while walking along the Mica View Trail. I'd just flown in earlier that afternoon into Tucson and was enjoying time with a mountain backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains and Blackett's Ridge. I posted the original image for this digital painting here on Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/14723335@N05/29437139075/in/album-7...).

And now my thoughts on the digital image I painting with Adobe Sketch on my iPad Pro. In general this involved more practice with broad brush strokes. I would use changes in hue and tone to bring out depth and relief. I did that for the mountains to bring out a closer look to the nearby hillsides and ridges to that of the mountains further away. When it came to the nearby foreground, I decided on a change and noticed a June image on my Sierra Club Wilderness Calendar 2018. That image was of John Haynes Ridge in Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway, Texas. I used that as the basis to add trees, some tall prairie grass, and wildflowers. I liked that look better than with my image captured...and it was also easier for me to paint! The skies above where the other biggest change. While blue skies and clouds are always nice, I wanted a change. It was an image rotation on my work Windows computer where an image of the Teton Range with a setting sun came to mind. I used that as the basis to paint the sun setting for my image. I used one of Kyle's oil brushes to blend or combine the colors in different areas for the clouds or hues of a red, purple and orange for the skies above. And yes, I do appreciate the sun doesn't set to the north...haha!

In the left foreground of the painting, you'll find that stick figure image of me "hiking" with my Cubbies hat, loving my time exploring the Saguaro National Park and the Tucson area :-)

Sonoran Desert Vignette

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Sonoran Desert Vignette

Within the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona, the Saguaro Cactus stands front and center in almost any landscape. This cactus can grow to 40ft. in height with a lifespan of 150 years. A little taller than me, and almost as old.

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Dusk and Ocotillo, Pima County, AZ

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Dusk and Ocotillo, Pima County, AZ

The sun sets behind the distant Tucson Mountains and an ocotillo in Saguaro National Park in Pima County, Arizona.

Venus and Saguaro Cactus, Pima County, AZ

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Venus and Saguaro Cactus, Pima County, AZ

Venus makes an appearance above a saguaro cactus on the last night of summer in Saguaro National Park in Pima County, Arizona.

Fog and Tucson Mountains, Pima County, AZ

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Fog and Tucson Mountains, Pima County, AZ

Fog swirls around the Tucson Mountains during a summer monsoon in Saguaro National Park in Pima County, Arizona.

Dusk and Clouds, Pima County, AZ

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Dusk and Clouds, Pima County, AZ

The setting sun lights up clouds above saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park in Pima County, Arizona.

petroglyphs

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petroglyphs

@ Signal Hill in the Saguaro National Park

Setting Sun and Saguaro Cactus, Pima County, AZ

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Setting Sun and Saguaro Cactus, Pima County, AZ

The setting sun shines from behind a saguaro cactus on a summer afternoon in Saguaro National Park.

Mountain Lion, Pima County, Arizona

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Mountain Lion, Pima County, Arizona

A mountain lion walks around the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Pima County, Arizona.

She Stood Out in a Crowd

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She Stood Out in a Crowd

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Took a Walk in This Beautiful World

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Took a Walk in This Beautiful World

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Crotalus atrox

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Crotalus atrox

western diamondback rattlesnake

Saguaro National Park

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Saguaro National Park

Crotalus atrox

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Crotalus atrox

western diamondback rattlesnake

Callisaurus draconoides

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Callisaurus draconoides

at the Saguaro National Park near Tucson

Saguaro National Park

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Saguaro National Park