Fire Restrictions in effect for Saguaro National Park
Due to increased fire danger in southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park will implement fire restrictions in both the Rincon and Tucson Mountain Districts, beginning Wednesday, May 22, 2013. More »
Bottled water no longer for sale in Saguaro National Park
Water bottle filling stations have been installed at both visitor centers and the Rincon Mountain District bike ramada for visitors to refill their reusable water bottles. A variety of BPA-free waterbottles are available inside the visitor centers. More »
Tucson Mountain District (west) road re-opened
The Golden Gate Road has been re-opened north of Sendero-Esperanza and is is now rated for high clearance vehicles due to the rough nature of the terrain. More »
NPS/Saguaro national park
Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Black bear are found only in the higher elevations of the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park. They normally inhabit forested areas but will come down to lower elevations in extremely dry years to search for food and water. These mostly mild-mannered omnivores will usually amble away when humans are encountered. Humans should take care to properly store food and trash out of reach when living in or visiting areas with bears. A bear that associates humans as suppliers of food can become dangerous!
Total length: 54 - 72in (137 - 183cm)
Weight: 250 - 500lbs (120 - 240kg)
Diet: Fruits, berries, acorns, shoots, roots, bulbs, insects, rodents and rabbits
Did You Know?
Many of the plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only edible, they are great sources of nutrition, including the buds of the Staghorn cholla which is a great source of calcium and magnesium.