by Carrie Nusbaum
I spent a weekend in Tucson, AZ recently for a family event, but—in classic Weekend Babes fashion—I managed to squeeze in a quick detour to check out the local national park. Saguaro National Park is actually composed of two separate districts: one to the east of Tucson, and one to the West. Since I stopped by on my way home, I only had time to check out the western part of the park, otherwise known as the Tucson Mountain District.
As far as I can tell, mid-April is a great time to be there. The whole desert was glowing yellow speckled with the blooming Palo Verde trees and cactus flowers (heads up to the allergy-prone). It was definitely getting hot (mid 90s-ish), so appropriate shade and lots of water would be recommended for any longer hikes. In just the hour or so I spent there, I saw some of the most statuesque saguaros, a few little quails, and the most precious desert cottontail (i.e., a bunny). If you've never spent time in the Sonoran desert, Saguaro NP is probably the best place to observe its unique beauty—stop by if you're ever in the area! If going straight from LA, the drive is 7-8 hours.