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Red Hills Visitor Center

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Address: 2700 N. Kinney Rd., Saguaro National Park, AZ 85743-9719
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+1 520 733 5158
09:00 - 17:00
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The western section of Saguaro National Park.

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A highlight of our trip

This was our last activity and we spent an extra day and four hours of driving RT from Phoenix to visit Saguaro (West). It was worth it. The spring blooms provided a colorful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 April 2015
Westerville, Ohio
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Westerville, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2015

This was our last activity and we spent an extra day and four hours of driving RT from Phoenix to visit Saguaro (West). It was worth it. The spring blooms provided a colorful experience and we learned a lot about the park and its inhabitants thanks to a naturalist program at the visitor center. It's a shame that civilization is... More 

3 Thank Mackey66
Centennial, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2015

We visited the west unit of Saguaro Natl Park after our tour of the AZ Sonora Desert Museum which is just to the south. These two attractions complement each other. The national park provides a lot of information about the natural features of the desert. There is an excellent visitor center and the vistas and photo opportunities are wonderful.

2 Thank hawk1131
Newark, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015

The visitor center provides excellent information on the Sonoran Desert and provides maps and recommendations for hiking trails that are appropriate for your ability level. Hiking at this park is always one of our favorite Tucson activities.

2 Thank KristiW52
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015 via mobile

We visited the Tucson Mountain District side. In all honesty and as a NP fan, you really don't need to enter the NP. There are plenty of Saguaro Cacti to see on the way to the Park. It's a loop drive with several turnouts to stop and get close to the cacti. It really is an amazing site to see.... More 

1 Thank 2012natty
Highlands Ranch, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

We have visited both sides of this park and the west has more cacti, and why else would one go there! The east side is not as hilly, however, so if mobility is a concern that might be better. Plan to spend most of the day if you want to take the short hikes in the park. A serious hiker... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2015

This park is surprisingly close to my mom's house in Marana...which I was happy to discover when I decided to head out and explore for my birthday before the Binocular Stargazing Program that evening (this program is not affiliated w/the NP, but hosted in the visitor center parking lot by an astronomer from the Kitt Peak Observatory on special dates).... More 

1 Thank Leila R
Dortmund, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2015

I have been in both districts. For those folks who are interested the cacti in the east district are larger and more abundant. It looked like it to me. The visitor centers were well organized and such. The experience was wonderful in every respect.

1 Thank georg_w_f
Akron, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015

My wife and I are a younger couple so we were up in the air on whether to visit or not...SO cool...the visitor center is pretty typical National Park fare, dioramas, boring discussions, dorky souvenirs, etc...that being said the driving loop is stunning. It was worth the drive from Phoenix and back.

2 Thank MagicMack
Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015

Our national parks are truly a treasure and Saguaro NP is no exception. Beautiful visitors center, wonderful trails, and as usual, friendly and knowledgeable staff. We had a great visit!

1 Thank TXGretchen
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015

We drove through the park and visited the Visitor Center. The film is excellent and the ending is enlightening. The shop was fun and the Rangers there were very pleasant and helpful. Definitely worth at least a short visit. We did not have time to hike but would like to return again another time. We picnicked at one of the... More 

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