Nearly 2 Million Cacti Grow In This Unique Arizona National Park

There’s nothing quite as symbolic of Arizona as the majestic Saguaro. These towering desert warriors are unique to our state and stand for power, resilience, and strength. Nearly two million of these wood-bearing trees call Saguaro National Park home, creating a mystical landscape unlike anything you’ve ever laid eyes on. Check it out!

Have you ever been to Saguaro National Park? What is the highest number of arms you counted on one of these unique giants? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to share photos of your best Saguaro finds in our Arizona Nature Lovers Facebook group!

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Address: Saguaro National Park, Arizona, USA
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National Park to Visit in Arizona

January 12, 2022

What are some of the best hiking trails in Arizona?  

Arizona is home to some of the best hiking in the nation – seriously! There are tons of trails here that are world-famous, like Bright Angel Trail at the Grand Canyon, or literally any trail in Sedona. One of the most world-renowned hikes is in Oak Creek Canyon, between Sedona and Flagstaff. It’s the West Fork Trail, and it’s so beloved that on most days, unless you arrive super early, you’re going to be stuck waiting to access the parking lot (and it’s tough, since they don’t allow you to physically sit there and wait). You’ll also love Kachina Trail, up on the San Fransisco Peaks, which is one of our favorite Arizona hikes of all time. We also really love Deems Hill, which is in the Phoenix area. Arizona is home to more than 800 miles of amazing trails, so going out to explore them is imperative! For example, here are some interesting trails that lead you to some ancient ruins. Bring water and remember to stay hydrated!  

Where is Saguaro National Park in Arizona?  

Saguaro National Park is located in southern Arizona, and it consists of two segments – one on each side of the city of Tucson. A vehicle permit is just $20 and lets you in for the entire day, which honestly may not even be enough time to explore it all! It’s remarkable in its uniqueness; Arizona is one of the very few places in the world where the giant Saguaro cactus grows and thrives. As of 2020, there are around 2,032,306 saguaro cacti in the park alone! Also within the park are other species of cacti, like prickly pear and some organ pipes, too. Arizona is easily the cactus capital of the United States, and we couldn’t love it more!