This flat, paved, quarter-mile loop marks the first trail stop for those driving the park's Cactus Forest Loop Drive. We stopped and parked in one of the spaces here on a weekday morning when no one else was around. I had a friend with me, visiting from the West Coast, and she was interested in learning more about desert ecology. We had come to the right place. Nicely presented information signs along the short route give many details about the area's flora and fauna, including trees and cactus on both sides of the path.
A tiny bird atop a tall saguaro signaled our arrival and briefly watched our progress along the trail. But we saw no other wildlife during our 20-minute jaunt. Many benches without shade stood ready to give visitors an opportunity to rest. The sun also beat down on the path, and I was glad I wore a hat on this bright, cloudless day.
The trail is wheelchair accessible and an extremely easy walk for just about anyone. I think it is especially worth a stop for newcomers to this park.
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