Deserts are remarkable places. They are remarkable not just because they get only around 10 inches of water a year or less, but because of the vibrant life that thrives in those crazy conditions. In Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Caverns we experienced the life of the Chihuahuan Desert. Now, in Saguaro National Park on either side of Tucson, it’s time for the Sonoran Desert to strut its stuff.
Throughout our visit to Saguaro our attention was rightly captivated by the namesake cactus. The huge, many-armed figures of Saguaros stood everywhere like a desert army. But our backpacking trip up the mountain trails of the eastern district proved that there was many more subtleties of the park to appreciate.
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(FYI, I think I got east and west flip-flopped in the Saguaro National Park video below.)