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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park features the landscape and cacti of the Sonoran desert in the state of Arizona. The park has two two sections, one in the Rincon Mountains to the east of Tuscon and the second in the Tuscon Mountains to the west. The park gets its name from the large, slow-growing saguaro cactus, a native of the region as well as the state symbol. The eastern section of the park has fewer Saguaros than its western counterpart but they remain larger in size, due to higher amounts of rainfall and run off from the Rincon Mountains. Many other kinds of cacti, including barrel cactus, cholla cactus, and prickly pear, are also abundant in the park. One endangered animal, the Lesser Long-nosed Bat, lives in the park part of the year during its migration, together with one threatened species, the Mexican Spotted Owl. The park was established as Saguaro National Monument on March 1, 1933, and changed to a national park on October 14, 1994. Springtime is a favorite time to visit the park when the cacti are in bloom. Current Internet Travel Offers for Saguaro NP...

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