The saguaro cactus is one of the defining plants of the Sonoran Desert. These plants are large, tree-like that develop branches (or arms) as they age, although some never grow arms. These arms generally bend upward and can number over 25. With the right growing conditions, it is estimated that saguaros can live to be as much as 150-200 years old. Saguaro are very slow growing cactus. A 10 year old plant might only be 1.5 inches tall. Saguaro can grow to be between 40-60 feet tall. When rain is plentiful and the saguaro is fully hydrated it can weigh between 3200-4800 pounds. Most of the saguaros roots are only 4-6 inches deep and radiate out as far from the plant as it is tall. There is one deep root, or tap root that extends down into the ground more than 2 feet. After the saguaro dies its woody ribs can be used to build roofs, fences, and parts of furniture. The holes that birds nested in or "saguaro boots" can be found among the dead saguaros. Native Americans used these as water containers long before the canteen was available. The only two states these cacti can be found are Arizona and California.
I do have to say that nighttime in the desert is a great time to really view the night sky. So many stars!! We finally got home about 12:00 midnight and we unloaded and came in and hit the sack. It was a great time spent with family and we are so thankful that we get to travel like we do!!