Venturing into the Saguaro Wilderness

Saguaro National Park Travel Blog

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Today was a rather exciting day as we spent a better part of the day light in the wilderness. It was an unplanned day, the weather was beautiful with temperatures in the upper 70s, Desire and I decided at about 11:00 am to go hiking. We agreed we needed new grounds to break in our hiking (well besides Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemmon). Closer than Sabino and Mount Lemmon is the Saguaro National Park set in the Saguaro Wilderness. First, a little history about the wilderness: United States Congress designated over 70 percent of the Saguaro National Park as a wilderness in 1976. The wilderness was aimed at preserving the natural conditions of the land and it's plant life while providing opportunities for primitive recreation. Preservation for generations to come. Our main objective was to go hiking and we had no idea what to expect. Nonetheless we went through the process of purchasing our entry pass and driving through the 8 mile long Cactus Forest Drive. This drive happens to be the scenic drive winding through the forest to provide the most breathtaking closer look at the desert plant life. It is a one way road that begins and ends at the visitor's center. We managed to hike two trails totaling five hours in the park, great day we had. It was an exciting time out doors.

"What good is it to live, if  you can't feel alive?" I think this is a James Bond Movie line :) Life is in nature.

Africancrab says:
I do understand you dear. I do love my adopted country United States, I'm honored that I can live here.
Posted on: Apr 01, 2010
Marinushka says:
You understand me then, Harriet.
Posted on: Apr 01, 2010
Africancrab says:
I hear you, it is hard when you are given no choice the matter, similar feelings about my country of origin. I'm always hopping for the better though.
Posted on: Apr 01, 2010
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Desire at the entrance sign to th…
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Africancrab on Old Spanish Trail …
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Saguaro wilderness
Rincon mountain in the background
Rincon mountain in the background
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Saguaro Wilderness
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Saguaro wilderness
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Saguaro wilderness
Sonoran Desert overlook
Sonoran Desert overlook
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
Creek in the wilderness
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Creek and view of the Rincon moun…
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Taking a break at the creek
Desire and Africancrab
Desire and Africancrab
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fallen tree
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One of the many hiking route mark…
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Mesquite tree
Rincon mountains in the background
Rincon mountains in the background
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Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
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The Saguaro wilderness
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Ocotillo plant
Prickly Pear cactus
Prickly Pear cactus
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Saguaro wilderness
Dry mesquite tree
Dry mesquite tree
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Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
Saguaro wilderness
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Saguaro National park
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Ecology trail hike
Ecology trail hike
Ecology trail hike
Ecology trail hike
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Saguaro wilderness
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Ecology trail hike
Desire taking a break after hiking…
Desire taking a break after hikin…
Cactus Forest North Trailhead
Cactus Forest North Trailhead
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Saguaro National park
Saguaro National park
Saguaro National park
Saguaro National park
Saguaro National park
Rincon Mountains
Rincon Mountains
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Saguaro wilderness
Hiking in Saguaro National Park
Hiking in Saguaro National Park
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Saguaro National park
Saguaro National Park
photo by: Africancrab