Monumental Decision, Part 2: Arizona and New Mexico

Outdoor Industry Association

Shauna Farnell

If you’ve ever visited Arizona’s Sonoran Desert or Ironwood Forest, you know they’re magical landscapes. They are part of the area marking the globe’s only home for the saguaro cactus. Each unique in its stoic pose, saguaros arms can take 100 years or more to grow. The Native American Tohono O’odham tribe believes every saguaro is embodied by the souls of their ancestors. Surrounded by the army-like figures poised on every hillside and valley of the Sonoran Desert, you can’t help but be entranced with the idea.

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