Saguaro National Park (East district)

Saguaro National Park is divided into two districts that lie on the east and west sides of Tucson, Arizona.  The park protects a total of 91,440 acres, of which 70,905 acres are designated as wilderness.

 

 

Crazy Saguaro

Today we hiked in the East district, which protects a large Saguaro forest.

 

 

Theresa at our lunch spot

We found a nice lunch spot with a view of the Rincon Mountains.

 

 

Ant with a Bugle

When hiking in the National Parks, it’s easy to get caught up in the soaring mountains and grand vistas.  But it’s also important to take time to notice the little things.  For example, we spotted this large, lone ant walking across the trail searching for food. We watched as he wandered from item to item, checking it out, then moving on to the next thing. He wasn’t having much luck, given this was harsh desert land. So we decided to help him out, and dropped on the ground a few Bugles crumbs that we had leftover from lunch. One man’s garbage is truly another ant’s treasure. The ant immediately spotted the nearest crumb, ran over to it, hoisted it over his head like a Super Bowl trophy, and made a beeline — um, antline — back to his home. We joked that the ant was surely to receive a promotion for finding such a tasty treasure.

 

 

Saguaro forest

Saguaro forest

It takes a Saguaro 75 years to develop its first arm.  Many of these Saguaros had numerous arms and some may be over 150 years old.

 

 

Theresa admiring a massive Saguaro cactus

Theresa stands in awe of this massive 50-foot Saguaro.

>> Next Stop: Coronado National Forest >>

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