Phoenix, AZ

Places to enjoy the landscape of saguaro cacti

Sandy Casariego

PHOENIX, AZ - If you live in Arizona, you may be familiar with the saguaro cactus. This plant is one of 51 species of cactus native in Arizona and grows blossoms becoming the national flower of the State.

In Arizona, saguaros grow naturally in the Sonoran Desert. But if you’re deciding not to take a long trip to enjoy lines of saguaro cacti, you can visit these places to make the most of your in-city journey experience.

• The Phoenician Cactus Garden

This resort has a garden of many desert plants, including the saguaro. Located at the base of Camelback Mountain on the northern edge of the resort, you can take a walk by yourself or with The Phoenician’s resident horticulturist.

You won’t miss your chance to visit this place during the holiday seasons as the plants will be accompanied by festive lights.

Location: 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale.

• CIVANA Wellnes Resort & Spa Saguaro Garden

Do you want to rest your mind, body, and soul after a long workday? CIVANA has it – packages of activities and spa treatments – for you. Also, you can focus on meditation by walking along the garden path ending in a labyrinth full of desert plants, including saguaros, mesquite trees, agaves, and palo verde.

Location: 37220 Mule Train Road, Carefree.

• Desert Botanical Garden

This place is your complete package to enjoy sights of more than 50,000 displays of plants, with 500 of them are rare and exotic desert plants, including those massive saguaros.

The Desert Discovery Trail is available for you to take a closer look at saguaros and art installations adorning the flora landscapes in the garden. You can also plan to visit this place to celebrate a holiday tradition named La Noches de Las Luminarias during the winter months.

Location: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix.

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