Saguaro National Park (East)

Saguaro National Park

Also known as the Rincon Mountain District, the eastern section of the glorious Saguaro National Park has a visitor center 15 miles east of downtown Tucson. It has information on day hikes, horseback riding and park camping (free permits must be obtained by noon on the day of your hike). This section of the park has about 130 miles of hiking trails.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Saguaro National Park attractions

1. Sabino Canyon

10.97 MILES

Sabino Canyon, a lush, pretty and shaded mini-gorge, is well worth a visit in fine weather. Narrated hop-on, hop-off tram tours along the Sabino Canyon…

2. Pima Air & Space Museum

13.34 MILES

An SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and a massive B-52 bomber are among the stars of this extraordinary private aircraft museum. Allow at least two hours to…

3. Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

13.85 MILES

Divided into the Enchanted Realm, Exploring the World and the History Gallery, this delightful museum of miniatures presents dioramas that are fantastical…

4. Reid Park Zoo

15.07 MILES

At the compact Reid Park Zoo, a global menagerie – including grizzly bears, jaguars, giant anteaters and pygmy hippos – delights young and old. Cap a…

5. Richard F Caris Mirror Lab

16.63 MILES

Astronomers can get their geek on during 90-minute tours of this laboratory – it's where the world's largest telescope mirrors are made. The entrance is…

6. Center for Creative Photography

17.05 MILES

The CCP is known for its ever-changing, high-caliber exhibits. It also administers the archives of Ansel Adams – perhaps the best-regarded landscape…

7. Arizona State Museum

17.11 MILES

To learn more about the history and culture of the region's American Indian tribes, visit the Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropology…

8. University of Arizona Museum of Art

17.13 MILES

Founded in its current building in the 1950s, the university's impressive museum showcases 500 years of European and American creativity. The permanent…