Frequently Asked Questions
John Williams, Park Ranger
Q. How do you pronounce saguaro?
A. Sa - WAH - ro
Q. How do saguaros grow?
A. Saguaros are a very slow growing cactus. In Saguaro National Park, studies indicate that a saguaro grows between 1 and 1.5 inches in the first eight years of its life. more
Q. Can I make a reservation for one of your picnic areas?
A. No, reservations are not taken for picnic areas in Saguaro National Park. They are first come, first served.
Q. What uses require a special use permit?
A. 1. Weddings
A special use permit must be filled out and submitted to the park in advance of the actual date requested. There is a permit processing fee of $50 (minimum) for all recreational special use permits.
Did You Know?
The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona. In early summer, the Tohono O’odham people come to Saguaro National Park to harvest the saguaro fruit.