If you like to travel through desert grassland with the never-ending road, Petrified Forest and Organ Pipe road trip is the perfect one for you. The road trip is along Arizona with the most incredibly beautiful landscape. It includes national parks, Saguaro National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Organ Pipe.
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park is a mountain and desert region in southern Arizona. The park also has the nation’s largest cacti. These majestic cactus can be only found in Saguaro National Park. If you like to see the wildlife of Saguaro the park’s wildlife includes desert tortoises, rattlesnakes, peccaries, and kangaroo rats. The best way to explore the park is by hiking. There are 30 trails in Saguaro National Park from 2.2 to 20.8 miles trails.
Driving Direction to Saguaro National Park
- If you are starting from the north of Tucson take I-10 to Avra Valley Road and drive west 6 miles to Sandario Road.
- From the center of Tucson Travel west on Speedway Boulevard over Gates Pass to Kinney Road.
- From south of Tucson take the I-19 exit onto Ajo Way and travel west to Kinney Road.
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a desert region in southwestern Arizona, the U.S along the Mexican border. If you love bird watching the park has more than 50 bird species that include Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Common Raven, and more. The Monument is a favourite spot for hikers and photographers.
Driving Directions to Organ Pipe Cactus:
- If you are heading from Sonoyta, Mexico travels north toward Lukeville, AZ on Mexico Route 2. Then five miles north of Lukeville on Highway 85 to Kris Eggle Visitor Center
- If you are starting from the north follow Arizona Highway 85 through Ajo and Why. 4 miles from Why to the monument entrance
- From the East, take Arizona Highway 86 to Why.
- From the West I-8 to Gila Bend or I-10 to Buckeye
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Forest National Park is a region of colourful wind-eroded hills, containing plant and animal fossils. You also get to see thousands of logs in the grassland of Petrified Forest National Park. It looks like normal logs from far but they are not. They are shiny, multicolored woods that turned into rock. These are transformed by natural processes that took over millions of years ago.
Driving Direction Petrified Forest National Park
- Starting from the north or west side of greater Phoenix, travel to Interstates 17 North and 40 East, passing through Flagstaff.
- If you are starting from Albuquerque, travel 204 miles west on Interstate 40 to Exit 311.
- Starting from the eastern side of greater Phoenix, travel to Highways 87 North to Payson, 260 East to Heber, 377 North to Holbrook, and 180 South to the park.