Saguaro National Park (West)

Saguaro National Park

Also known as the Tucson Mountain District, the smaller, western section of the glorious Saguaro National Park is perhaps slightly ahead of its eastern neighbor in photogenic splendor.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Saguaro National Park attractions

1. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

3.95 MILES

Home to cacti, coyotes and palm-sized hummingbirds, this 98-acre ode to the Sonoran Desert is one part zoo, one part botanical garden and one part museum …

2. Old Tucson Studios

5.58 MILES

Nicknamed 'Hollywood in the Desert,' this old movie set of Tucson in the 1860s was built in 1939 for the filming of Arizona. Hundreds of flicks followed,…

3. Gates Pass Scenic Overlook

5.71 MILES

The sweeping view of the west here is especially splendid at sunset. If you miss the turnoff, you can turn around at the parking lot below the pass.

4. Presidio Historic District

11.01 MILES

The Tucson Museum of Art is part of this low-key neighborhood, bounded by W 6th St, W Alameda St, N Stone Ave and Granada Ave, and embracing the site of…

5. Tucson Museum of Art

11.06 MILES

For a small city, Tucson boasts an impressive art museum. There's a respectable collection of American, Latin American and modern art, and the permanent…

6. El Tiradito

11.35 MILES

Located in Tucson's Barrio Histórico, this shrine to a 19th-century local, purportedly killed by his father-in-law when he fell for his mother-in-law,…

7. Barrio Histórico District

11.41 MILES

This compact neighborhood was an important business district in the late 19th century. Today it's home to funky shops and galleries in brightly painted…

8. 4th Avenue

11.46 MILES

Linking historic downtown and the university, lively 4th Ave is a rare breed: a rough-around-the-edges, alt-flavored strip with not a single chain store…