Saguaro National Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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We spent a little time at the west side of Saguaro National Park during our trip to Arizona.

We drove the Bajada Loop Drive, which is very scenic. It is partially unpaved but very easy to drive. We also stopped in at the Visitor Center so the kids could participate in the Junior Ranger Program.


If you’re at the west side of Saguaro National Park, you’ll also want to check out the Arizona Desert Museum. It’s located just outside the National Park boundary, and everything in the museum is found in the Sonoran Desert.

We spent several hours at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It is extremely kid friendly and includes an aquarium, animals, and lots of really great info. They also offer free strollers! They have docents along the path through the museum explaining everything from insects to rocks.

My kids enjoyed the touch tank in the Aquarium area.

Aquarium at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

There was a model cave to explore.


The kids loved the fossil dig area.


I really enjoyed the walk-in free flight hummingbird area.


We had lunch at the on-site café Ironwood Terrace. It was reasonably priced and they had great kid-friendly options as well as some exciting choices for the grown-ups.

Before we left, he hiked their desert path to see more animals.


Everyone had a great time! The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was the perfect companion to a visit to Saguaro National Park.


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