Saguaro NP--East--Loma Verde Trailhead

About this Location

Loma Verde trail heads north from the parking lot through some mature mesquites. You will pass intersections with the Mesquite trail at 0.1 miles and the Squeeze Pen Trail at 0.2 miles. Soon you will cross a big sandy wash twice ( Monument Wash) and climb up out onto the plains at the base of the Tanque Verde ridge (bajadas). At 0.5 miles from the trailhead, you will see the Cholla trailhead off to your left. Stay on the Loma Verde trail and eventually you will come to the Loma Verde Mine. This is an old copper/gold mine from the early 1900s that was eventually filled in by the CCC in the 1930s.

About Saguaro NP East - Rincon Mountain District

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Saguaro National Park is composed of two distinct districts: The Rincon Mountain District and the Tucson Mountain District. The Tucson Mountain District lies on the west side of Tucson, Arizona, while the Rincon Mountain District lies on the east side of Tucson. Both districts were formed to protect and exhibit forests of their namesake plant: the Saguaro Cactus.

Most people think of Saguaro National Park as being a desert park. True, the lower elevations of the park encompass Sonoran Desert Vegetation, but there is much more to Saguaro National Park than just cacti.

The Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park ranges from an elevation of 2,670 ft to 8,666 ft and contains 6 biotic communities. The biotic communities (starting from the lowest elevation) include desert scrub, desert grassland, oak woodland, pine-oak woodland, pine forest, and mixed conifer forest. The average annual precipitation is approximately 12.30 in. The Rincon Mountains peak at a considerably higher elevation than the Tucson Mountains, therefore there are more biotic communities and increased plant and wildlife diversity. Because of the higher elevation in the Rincons, animals like the black bear, Mexican spotted owl, Arizona mountain king snake, and white-tailed deer live in this district.

The Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park ranges from an elevation of 2,180 ft to 4,687 ft and contains 2 biotic communities, desert scrub, and desert grassland. The average annual precipitation is approximately 10.27 in. Common wildlife includes the coyote, Gambel’s quail, and desert tortoise.

Content from Official Website and Saguaro National Park webpage