Saguaro National Park

I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams… Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince

The Saguaro National Park near Tuscon is divided into two Districts. Kevin and I started at Tucson Mountain District west of Tuscon. We did the Bajada Loop scenic drive. The drive starts with a dirt road then finished off with a paved road. The road is easy to moderate. The Saguaros were everywhere we looked. There called the Guardians of the Sonoran.

The afternoons are starting to heat up in Southern Arizona so we hiked the Signal Hill Trail & Desert Discovery Trail in the early morning. The Desert Discovery Trail was quiet in the early morning. The quiet of the desert calms me. The birds were active. One of the birds sat on top of a cactus singing most of the time we walked the trail.

The Signal Hill Trail had petroglyphs on top a hill. The petroglyphs were over 800 years old. We walked the trail during a weekday so the trail was filled with school age kids on a field trip.

Our reward for the walk was a fantastic view & interesting petroglyphs to look at.

Happy Travels!

photos taken with iphone


  • Coyote
  • Phainopepla
  • Curved-billed Thrasher
  • Gila Woodpecker
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Cactus Wren

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