Saguro National Park, Westin La Paloma, Resort, Spa, Luxury Accommodations, Tucson, AZ
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Exploring Saguaro National Park

When you stay as a guest of ours at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, you’re not just basking in the finest of luxury resort accommodations in the greater Tucson area: You’re also within easy reach of one of the most sublime national parks in the United States.

We’re talking here about Saguaro National Park, named for the biggest cactus in the U.S. that grows only here in the Sonoran Desert. The park is split into two different sections on either side of the city of Tucson, both of which are just a stone’s throw from our pampered paradise: The Rincon Mountain District (aka Saguaro NP East) is a mere 20 or so miles southeast of us, while the Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro NP West) is about 40 miles west.

Stars of the Show

Saguaro NP encompasses a surprising spread of ecosystems, from desert grasslands to the oak woodlands and high mixed-conifer stands of the Rincon Mountains, which rise to nearly 9,000 feet. But no question the quintessential landscape here is the saguaro forest.

Saguaros may tower beyond 60 feet in height, but it takes them decades to reach full size: These are long-lived, slow-growing cacti, which may not sprout their characteristic “arms” till they’re 50 or even 100 years old.

Hugely important as shelter and food for a wide variety of wildlife, saguaros also provided sustenance and building material for native peoples of the desert, including the Tohono O’ odham (“Papago”) culture. Historically saguaro fruit has been harvested for fresh eating or to make into jam, flour, or wine.

Exploring Saguaro National Park

For a wonderful introduction to the park, take a leisurely spin on the Cactus Forest Loop Drive in the Rincon Mountain District. Want to get out and hoof it a little? Well, we don’t blame you. From sunny saguaro stands to cool high-country groves, you’ve got more than 165 miles of hiking trails to choose from between the two districts of the national park. They range from easy interpretive paths such as the Desert Ecology Trail to remote backcountry routes such as the Rincon Peak Trail, which ascends one of the highest summits in the Rincons.

There’s deep human history here besides the ecological attractions: We highly recommend the Signal Hill Trail in the Tucson Mountain District, which leads you to Hohokam petroglyphs (rock art) some 800 years old.

Don’t Miss Saguaro National Park During Your Westin La Paloma Stay!

You’ll be relaxing and recreating amid astonishing Sonoran Desert beauty to begin with at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Dive deeper into the primal soul of this unique corner of the Southwest with a near-at-hand foray to Saguaro National Park: soul-stirring desert wilderness, to say the least.