Usery Mountain Regional Park, Phoenix
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3939 N. Usery Pass Road
Mesa, AZ 85207
+1 (480) 984 0032
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Kids Program, Usery Mountain Regional Park

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Usery Mountain Park may be a mere 3,648 acres in size but this Mesa recreational area really packs it in! The park is home to a large variety of plants and animals and 29 miles of multi-use trails - hiking, biking and horseback riding. This Maricopa County Park boasts the only five-star archery range in Arizona and the Arizona Model Aviator's flying site is located inside the park. What's more, Usery Mountain Park has a dynamic events schedule and many programs are specifically geared to children. In short, it's a great place for outdoor family fun.
Saguaro Cactus Facts
Saguaro Cactus Flower

Saguaro Cactus Flower

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There are lots of fun facts about the saguaro cactus. Did you know that?

  • The saguaro is often called the desert's tallest tree but this multi-armed plant is a kind of cactus.
  • The saguaro cactus is native to the Sonoran Desert and is only found in four places, the U.S. states of Arizona and California and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California.
  • The saguaro is a slow-growing plant. It takes the cactus roughly 14 years to grow three feet tall and between 60 and 75 years to sprout its first arm. Saguaros with five arms are more than 150 years old!
  • The saguaro cactus produces its first flower when it is about 50 years old. The white blossoms open only at night, last less than 24 hours, and are pollinated by moths and bats.
  • The saguaro's tough green skin is pleated just like an accordion. This enables the cactus to expand as its roots soak up water after a heavy rain and contract as it uses the water up.
  • The saguaro cactus is home to two kinds of birds, both the Gila Woodpecker and Glided Flicker bore holes in the saguaro and use them as a nest.
  • The saguaro was a source of food for the Hohokam and Salado Cultures, two prehistoric Native American peoples. They made flour, cakes and jam from the saguaro's fruit, pulp and seeds.
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