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Polaroid of the week: Horses in the Sonoran desert in Southern Arizona

Last Updated on April 24, 2016

polaroid of the week usa arizona horses in the sonoran desertDuring our most recent stop in Tucson, we took Millie, our housesitting hound, out on a hike through the Saguaro National Park. Spread out across two massive plots of land totaling 91,442 acres, Saguaro National Park is essentially split down the middle by the city of Tucson with an East and West side.

As we left the city limits that morning west, we watched with awe as each mile brought more and more Saguaros, until we were eventually completely surrounded by them! There are more than 1 million Saguaros throughout the park, and hiking through the desert with these giant 6 – 20 foot tall beasts looming over us was an incredible feeling.

While exploring one of the many trails, we came across these horses on one of the smaller trails, all tied up while their owners enjoyed a chat in the shade, escaping from the already burning morning sun. We’ve never really ridden horses, but were inspired by how amazing it must be to ride across the desert, surrounded by Saguaros, especially when they are in bloom.

Ayngelina

Monday 23rd of July 2012

I SO want to go to Arizona, the more I see the more I know I have to get there in the next year.

Dani

Monday 23rd of July 2012

Oh, you will love it, Ayngelina! It is so diverse - the desert, cactei and old-fashioned Wild West towns in the South, and the incredible canyons (Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelley, Antelope Canyon) in the North, and Route 66 plus some fantastic cities in between (Sedona!) Even though Arizona doesn't have the most immigrant-friendly politics, we'll always return, because we just love the scenery so much.

Waegook Tom

Sunday 22nd of July 2012

Oh I got confused first and thought that the saguaros were horses. I was terrified by the thought of twenty foot horses wandering the Arizona desert.

Dani

Monday 23rd of July 2012

You made me laugh so hard, Tom! 20ft horses, hahaha, I would have been terrified :)

Lawrence Michaels

Friday 20th of July 2012

Nice picture. I'll be honest, I needed to Google saguaro.

Dani

Saturday 21st of July 2012

Lawrence- to be honest, I had no idea what a Saguaro was, either - until we went to Arizona :)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

Friday 20th of July 2012

Great shot!

Dani

Saturday 21st of July 2012

Thanks, Andi!

Pauline

Friday 20th of July 2012

Aahh.. we visited Saguaro National Park back in May and chilled in one of the stone huts until sunset. It was beautiful!

Dani

Saturday 21st of July 2012

Pauline - aaw, I am so jealous! We wish we would have seen the sunset there.. we kept seeing it on postcards everywhere and it looked so beautiful! Well... next time! :)