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Nearby Attractions


Desert Museum

An amazing zoo, botanical garden and natural history museum rolled into one. It is only a little more than 1.5 miles from the Red Hills Visitor Center in Saguaro West.

7:30am - 5:00pm
8:30am - 5:00pm
Entrance fees per person range from $20.50 to free depending on age and time of year. See their website.


Mountain Lion Photo Desert Museum
© Jim Roth

Mountain Lion at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum


Coronado National Forest

The Coronado National Forest adjoins much of the boundary of Saguaro National Park East. It offers hiking trails, campgrounds and picnic areas. You can even drive to the top of Mount Lemmon at over 9,000 feet. The Catalina Highway is a very scenic 25 mile drive that starts at around 3,000 feet and reaches near 9,000 feet at the top. Look at the top of my Maps and Directions page and you can see the Catalina Highway. A recreational fee of around $5 dollars will be collected by the Forest Service at a toll booth on the way up.


Catalina Highway Mount Lemmon Photo
© Tom Roth

Catalina Highway as it winds through the Coronado National Forest near Windy Point at around 6,500 feet.


Sabino Canyon Recreation Area

Sabino Canyon is a very popular recreation area right at the edge of northeastern Tucson in the Coronado National Forest. There are hiking trails, a visitors center / bookstore and even a shuttlebus to take you up to 4 miles into the canyon. You must park at the visitors center. No private cars are allowed on the Sabino or Bear Canyon roads in the recreation area. Look at the top of my Maps and Directions page and you can see the Sabino Canyon road. Take Sabino Canyon road to just past Sunrise Drive. The parking area and visitors center is on your right. A recreation fee of around $5 dollars is collected at the entrance to the area.


Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Picture
© Jim Roth

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area mile post 0. This road goes 4 mile into Sabino Canyon. No private cars are allowed.


Tucson, Arizona

Also don't forget that Saguaro National Park surrounds Tucson, Arizona, a metropolitan area of over 700,000 people. Tucson has many interesting restaurants, museums, shops and hotels. See the Tucson Visitors Bureau site for more information.


Tucson Arizona Photo
© Jim Roth

Tucson, Arizona taken from Sabino Canyon in the northeast corner of town.

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