The Saguaro National Park, east and west of Tucson, Arizona, is the home of America’s largest cactus… you guessed it: the Saguaro Cactus. This cactus only grows in the Sonoran Desert, which covers large parts of Arizona, California and Northwestern Mexico. It can live for up to 200 years, growing very slowly up to 40 – 60 feet (12 – 18 meters) tall and with up to 25 arms!
When visiting my friend Jess Grotfeldt in Tucson during week 283, we went for a quick drive and hike into the park to watch the quite striking desert sunset through the silhouettes of cacti-covered hills.
There are pull-offs all along the road through the Saguaro National Park, where you can park your car and follow various random footpaths into the hills and variety of cacti. I don’t recommend wearing sandals due to all the cacti needles just waiting to attack your toes – not even hiking sandals, no matter how hot it is. Not recommending it, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t do it. Because it is quite hot in that desert.
Other videos from my recent Arizona trip:
You can look at more photos from this video shoot on my personal blog: Photos from Saguaro National Park, Arizona