The Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American west. These majestic cacti are found in a very limited range of the United States, much of it protected by Saguaro National Park.
Saguaro National Park west district seems to have a more dense forest of Saguaro cacti than the east district.
A common way to identify the Saguaro is that it looks like a person with his arms raised high. In this photo, a person looks like a Saguaro.
Theresa’s favorite cactus, the Teddy Bear Cholla, looks soft and fuzzy to the touch, but it’s one of the most formidable cacti of the Southwest with densely-packed, super-sharp spines.
Two A-10 Thunderbolt fighter jets buzzed by the park.
We had an incredible view of a Saguaro forest surrounded by mountains the entire hike along the Hugh Norris trail.
Sunlight and shadows danced across the mountains.
We sat on a high perch nearly 1000 feet above the valley floor and enjoyed a little snack before hiking back down.
The drive out of the park on Golden Gate Road had pretty views of the mountains glowing red in the setting sun.