Tohono Chul Park
saguaro discovery trail
Saguaro blossom
Pochter SAGUARO DISCOVERY TRAIL
One of Tohono Chul Park’s major objectives is to illustrate for visitors the interconnectedness between the plants and people of the Sonoran Desert. In no other instance is this connection more evident than in that between the saguaro cactus (ha:sañ) and the Tohono O’odham people.

Less than one quarter mile in length, this gently sloping trail winds past saguaro nurseries nestled under protective palo verdes and juvenile and mature saguaros marching up a graveled hillside. Interpretive signage for the trail features original watercolor illustrations by Tohono O’odham artist, Michael Chiago, and offers a cultural view of the saguaro from the perspective of the original desert people, as well as a naturalist’s answers to many of the most frequently asked questions about this iconic desert cactus.

The Saguaro is the iconic “figure” of the Southwest. To learn more about their history and significance peruse the trails’ signage:
Saguaro Discovery Trail
Strange saguaro has no odd parts
Tohono O’ Odham – the desert people
Saguaros are people too
Growing up Saguaro isn’t easy
Saguaros are good neighbors
Saguaro harvest begins the New Year
Saguaro fruit was a summer feast
Saguaro’s help sing down the rain
Rain means survival from desert dwellers
Bountiful rains brought bountiful crops

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