We only visited the eastern district which includes a healthy saguaro forest at the foot of the Rincon Mountains and a variety of other desert communities. We stayed half a day in the park.
Rincon Mountain District
At the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center you will find books, brochures, trail and drive guides, maps, exhibits, and a slide program on the Saguaro and Sonoran Desert. Rangers can answer questions and help you plan your visit.
Trails along the Cactus Forest Drive are suitable for short (and easy) hikes into the desert environment.
- Desert Ecology Trail: a 0.25-mile round trip an paved, self-guiding trail
- Freeman Homestead Trail: a 1-mile loop hike to learn about homesteading in the desert as well as modern Tucson