Saguaro National Park; Tucson, September 27, 2015 GPS Map W GPS Map E

Jack Trierweiler, Pete Stanley, and I took a scenic afternoon trip to the Tucson Mountains and to Saguaro National Park, Rincon Mountain District.

The David Vetman Trailhead by Gates Pass was our first picture stop. No one was there when I drove in, but soon, other folks stopped to join us. Afterwards we drove to the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park. After stopping at the Visitors’ Center we took the Cactus Forest Drive. There we saw lots of green Sonoran vegetation and a few jackrabbits.

I’d hoped to watch the moon rise in its total eclipse, but we were eating dinner at that time. Finally I got to see it from the Sacaton Rest Area, just as the moon was beginning to come out of the earth’s shadow.

Jack and Pete at David Vetman Trailhead.
Teddy Bears head ’em off at the pass.
Rugged topography of the Tucson Mountains.
Santa Catalinas from Saguaro National Park.
Saguaros and chollas make a statement.
The desert is lush with Sonoran vegetation.
Ferocactus wislizeni - Candy Barrelcactus
Ferocactus wislizeni - Candy Barrelcactus
Jackrabbit hops along at Mica View.
Don’t get too chummy with this prickly pear!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Looking down at saguaros in a wash.

  Arizona Hike Pictures updated September 24, 2017