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Saguaro: Gilbert Ray Campground

Saguaro: Gilbert Ray Campground

There are no car campgrounds in Saguaro National Park.  It’s unfortunate, but thankfully there is one close by.  Gilbert Ray Campground is inside Tucson Mountain Park, which is run by Pima County.  It’s adjacent to the southern border of the similarly named Tucson Mountain District (that’s the west district) of Saguaro National Park.  The campground is only 3 miles away from Saguaro NP, so it’s practically part of the park.  We used it as our basecamp for the time we…

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Saguaro: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Saguaro: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

As a teacher, I’m always ready for a vacation by the time spring break rolls around. Since it’s only a week, we usually plan on a park that we can really explore in that time frame. In 2017, we ditched a chilly, windy April in DC for a week in Tucson. It felt pretty good as we left the airport and felt the arid climate for the first time. We headed to Gilbert Ray Campground to check in for our…

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Saguaro: Planning and Overview Spring 2017

Saguaro: Planning and Overview Spring 2017

[Note: This is a detailed post about our research, itinerary, and planning for our trip to Saguaro. If you’re more interested in our experiences and stories in Saguaro, skip to any other Saugaro post. Thanks!] Surrounding Tucson When you think about our national parks, Saguaro (wiki, nps) probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind.  Unless you live in Tucson, Arizona, since the park straddles the city.  Established in 1933 as a National Monument, and upgraded in 1994 to a…

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