Dominating the desert

The awesome and iconic Saguaro cactus is truly the dominant feature of the Sonoran Desert in the Southwest. The Saguaro has become the symbol of all things desert. The towering cacti live to be 250 years old and older. They don’t start to grow their “arms” until they are at least 75 years old!






The Saguaro National Park has two sections on either side of Tucson, Arizona.  Both sections offer unbelievable opportunities to enjoy the magnificent and thriving desert environments. Walking trails and scenic roads give ample opportunities to get up close and personal with the Saguaro and countless other species of desert plants. A trip to the Saguaro National Park should be on everyone’s travel itinerary. We’ll be back to Tucson and the desert once our travel is possible.

30 thoughts on “Dominating the desert

  1. That was really interesting I had no idea these plants were so old! I wonder why it takes them so long to grow their arms? Maybe they need to begin at a minimum height off ground level to be successful? Needless to say we don’t have any in Scotland – I believe that roaming herds of wild haggis ate them into extinction centuries ago. (my apologies – I really have to stop doing this 🙂 )

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  2. Lived in Arizona for over 20 years. It is a beautiful place and the Sagauro cactus are definetely worth seeing. Am now living in Arkansas, because I married an Arkie. I do prefer living in the Western U.S. where I grew up. Nice post.

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