Friday, August 26, 2016

Saguaro National Park

Although we had only a couple of days in Arizona, I really wanted to make my dad’s first trip to Arizona an authentic one.  Our first meal straight from the airport was for Fry Bread Indian Tacos at the Fry Bread House

and ironically the reason why we were originally planned on venturing down to Southern Arizona was in hopes of trying a lunch place by the O`odham Reservation with a side stop to the Saguaro National Park.  However after over 10 hours of driving just the day before for the Grand Canyon and the possibly inconsistent hours of that lunch place, we decided to save the additional couple of hours detour and just visit Saguaro as When in Arizona


Arizona seems synonymous with cactus so it seemed fitting that we would bring my dad to a park in the middle of the Sonoran Desert with cacti as far as the eye can see.  There are 2 sides to this park so we decided that the West is the place to be.  With no attendant at the entrance of this park, it can be confusing trying to figure out where to go.  We literally entered and exited the other side of the park off Picture Rock Road without seeing anyone, only to discover that we should have stayed on Sandario connecting to Kinney Road which will bring you to the Visitor Center where you check in and pay your $10 per car fee or complimentary with the senior pass that have been getting a workout this year. 


Mainly here for scenery and pictures, we traversed around the paved trails for up close and personal pictures including the prickly pear cactus
which we had eaten in fry form just the night before in Sedona
and then drove the scenic Bajada Loop Drive which is a dirt road but one that can be maneuvered without 4 wheel drive.  As I said, When in Arizona...   


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