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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Saguaro NP and Tuscon area in July


I have a few days to spend in this area. Hoping to catch some afternoon monsoon action for landscape photography. Never been there. Seeking advice on imaging ops and remote 4x4 camping. Also need to remain safe. Thanks!


Jul 08, 2014 at 04:40 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Saguaro NP and Tuscon area in July


The Dragoon Mountains are lovely. Nice primitive camping here.
http://goo.gl/maps/9zeua

Lots of disbursed camping near Mt. Biggelow, in the Catalina Mountains.
http://goo.gl/maps/ZjYnb

Babad do'ag overlook has nice evening views to the south, although the actual sunset is obscured by mountains directly to the west. http://goo.gl/maps/LTLqQ

San Pedro View http://goo.gl/maps/q3iYY
Hike a short distance up and to the north for a better view east.

Saguaro East has some decent lightning vantage points.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/19806236@N00/map?&fLat=32.1767&fLon=-110.7315&zl=13&order_by=recent

Saguaro West is also good, with the Gates Pass area offering a good view to the west.





Jul 09, 2014 at 01:14 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Saguaro NP and Tuscon area in July


Chiricahua NM is well worth a visit. In general, the far SE corner of the state is a hotspot for storms, and the largely open terrain makes for good chasing.


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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Saguaro NP and Tuscon area in July


This time of year your going to want to be up on a mountain somewhere, or its going to be a pretty uncomfortable sticky campsite. Stay out of washes at the very least.

Near Tucson, the closest cooler elevation would be in the Catalinas, very near town. Next closest would be down by Patagonia, then the Chiricahuas about 2 hours to the sw.

The monsoons can be a bit violent, so be careful. Personally, this time of year I'd go get a deal on a nice hotel with a concrete floor. They do make some pretty good deals this time of year, cause most normal well thinking people are somewhere else.



Jul 09, 2014 at 03:45 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Saguaro NP and Tuscon area in July


Thanks for the tips! I never stay in motels, since I have a Sportsmobile. I'm always ready on location for early and late light. There can be exceptions. Aren't the storms typically in the afternoon, as is typical in Utah?


Jul 09, 2014 at 04:07 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Saguaro NP and Tuscon area in July


Jeffrey,

The storms are typically after 2ish in the afternoon. I spent 5 years in Tucson, being a Norwegian native, I never found the weather unpleasant. Up in the Catalinas it is much cooler and you are close to town and Saguaro NP. I agree that Chiricaua is well worth a visit. You can look into Madera Canyon in Coronado National Forest south of town, very nice area and I do think there is a camp site. This will also put you close to Tumacacori which is well worth a couple of hours visit.

Make sure to visit the historic parts of Tucson, a lot of photographic possibilities there.

Roger



Jul 17, 2014 at 07:49 AM





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