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Saguaro National Park is famous for it’s namesake, the imposing saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea.) The park itself contains two sections, one that lies 20 miles east of Tucson and another that lies 15 miles west of the city. Both sections conserve tracts of the Sonoran Desert. To the west, this includes the Tucson Mountains. Meanwhile, to the east, the park preserves the Rincon Mountains.
Additionally, both districts protect the saguaro cactus. However, many other kinds of cactus thrive here. These include barrel cactus, cholla cactus, and prickly pear. One endangered animal, the lesser long-nosed bat, lives in the park part of the year. Furthermore, one threatened species, the Mexican spotted owl, calls this park home.
Photographers shoot Saguaro National Park year round, but they especially prize this area in May when saguaros are in bloom. This dester landscape looks barred, but teems with plants and animals seen nowhere else in the word.