Sunday, March 22, 2015

Video of Saguaro NP’s Javelina Rocks

Among the most popular picnic spots in Saguaro National Park is the Javelina Rocks, located off of Cactus Forest Drive.

Formed more than 25 million years ago, the rocks are an interesting example of Catalina Gneiss, in which sheets of other minerals were melted into one another while deep underground.

Here’s a brief video showing Javelina Rocks:

The oft-photographed rocks also mark the trailhead for the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail, a 6.9-mile one-way route that offers some excellent views of the Tucson basin.

Learn more about national park day hiking trails in my Best Sights to See at America’s National Parks guidebook.