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Cactus Forest Drive

3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601
(520) 733-5153
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Eye candy, saguaro-style

What a beautiful drive, 8.5 miles at the edge of a metropolitan area that often seems blissfully... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
tilliomet
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Northern California
Great on a bike

The best time to visit is just after sunrise. The air is crisp and clean. The rolling pavement... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tucson_AZAdventurer
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Eight-mile scenic drive in Saguaro East.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“the loop” (13 reviews)
“nice drive” (10 reviews)
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3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Saguaro East, Tucson, AZ 85730-5601
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(520) 733-5153

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Reviewed 3 days ago

What a beautiful drive, 8.5 miles at the edge of a metropolitan area that often seems blissfully far-removed from all things developed. The last half of the circle drive is especially scenic and the saguaros there seem least disturbed by the grazing that once occurred...More

Thank tilliomet
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The best time to visit is just after sunrise. The air is crisp and clean. The rolling pavement needs some work but it does help to keep speeds down. Multiple turnouts to view the area. 6 mile loop. Take the turnoff to the picnic area,...More

Thank Tucson_AZAdventurer
Reviewed 25 September 2017

This trip will give you a full flavor of some of Arizona’s beauty. The saguaro cacti are amazing in their stature. The mountains in the background only add to the attractivness. You may see some havolinas about too. Stay clear of them and do watch...More

1  Thank TheWiseOwl-AZ
Reviewed 21 September 2017

If you like nature drives, then this is for you. Lots of lovely cactus too see. An evening drive is the best, beautiful sun sets.

1  Thank Sheryl C
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

We were here in the middle of Jul. it was a bit hot so bring water. The drive is about eight miles long with many pull out places or nature trails to take in the views. It took us about 1.5 hours to go through....More

1  Thank Tim133
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

We are conflicted with our review. I love National parks. This one though...was a bit out there and i think you can get close to saguaro cactus other places in tucson without driving out as far. Depends on what you are looking for but this...More

3  Thank Sapphiremoon
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Huge cacti storing precious water in the desert, you can walk amongst them and once a year they flower if your lucky enough to see them

2  Thank Felixstowe2016
Reviewed 19 May 2017

I first seen this on the Travel Chanel so I decided to go visit.. What a treat it was! the drive around the one-way loop from the visitor center was great and has made memories for a life time. The drive loop is around 5miles....More

3  Thank Jamie E
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This 8 mile one way loop opens at 7.00AM, which is a great time to see any wildlife. The Saguaro were flowering during our visit in early May and it was a sight to behold. Most of the pullouts had great views and, with the...More

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The Gatekeeper (I think it was Colin, a retired Veteran), wanted us to experience Rincon Mountain fully and shared his photos with us, telling us where to get the best shots. His enthusiasm, knowledge and love of this desert environment was contagious and we left...More

2  Thank bryonia2015
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