Saguaro National Park

Visiting this park was a little hectic. It was a halfway point and where I spent the night before making it to the Guadalupe Mountains (AKA my second park of the DAY). By the time I rolled through Tucson the sun was about to set! But it actually worked out beautifully because the setting sun set the large Saguaro cacti on fire! I unfortunately was only able to drive through the park- but it was still magical and eerily quiet. I did not see a SINGLE person in the park while I was there.

The first night I drove through the West part of the park and to my happy surprise I did not find a SCRAP of trash! Not even by the visitors center! It was only when I drove a little further Southeast through the neighboring Tucson Mountain Park that I found a few bottles and bottle caps along with a purple pedicure flip flop?? I'd love to figure out the story behind that one...

The next morning I woke up pretty early because I had to get to the Guadalupe Mountains by 4PM and I forgot that there was a time change involved so I would be losing an hour! I drove a little out of my way to get to the East entrance of the Saguaro NP but it was worth it! There was a short 8 mile loop with plenty of pull outs to take some photos, but again I barely found ANY trash! At the visitors center I found ONE straw and one SMALL piece of plastic. But other than that the park was SPARKLING CLEAN! 

 Weird smile but LOOK HOW TINY MY LIL BAG O TRASH IS!!

Weird smile but LOOK HOW TINY MY LIL BAG O TRASH IS!!

 Side note: the skittles and water flavor packet were crumpled INSIDE the Polar Pop container. 

Side note: the skittles and water flavor packet were crumpled INSIDE the Polar Pop container.