Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Wildland Fire Activity
Due to fire activity and for the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. More »
Short Term Trail Closures for Buffelgrass Treatment
Between August 19 and August 29, isolated trails in both districts may be closed for a short duration as aerial treatment of invasive buffelgrass is happening in that area. Closures will be posted at each trail and announced on facebook daily. More »
Desert Dogs (Coyote and Foxes)
Coyote (Canis latrans) The yapping of coyotes can be heard throughout both districts of Saguaro National Park. Their barks and howls are used to communicate with other coyotes, but sometimes they seem to vocalize just for fun. Coyotes are opportunists and will eat both plants and animals. In fact, in the summer months a large portion of their diet is saguaro and prickly pear cactus fruit. Coyotes are extremely good runners and can reach speeds of 40mph dashing after jackrabbits.
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Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis) The kit fox is found only in certain regions of the Tucson Mountain District of the park. They prefer flat, open areas with fine soil for digging. Due to the small amount of suitable habitat at TMD, it is doubtful that kit foxes were ever abundant in the park, but park biologists are concerned that habitat destruction outside the park could lead to their disappearance within the park.
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Common Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) The gray fox is the only canid species known to climb trees, which it does to catch prey and elude predators like coyotes. They have even been photographed in the prickly arms of saguaros! These mischievous and curious foxes are often photographed tugging on and inspecting the infrared-triggered cameras that are set out to monitor the medium to large mammals of Saguaro National Park.
Did You Know?
Buffelgrass burns at 1300-1600 F, hot enough to melt aluminum and the fire can travel near the speed of the wind. Even in moderate weather, it can travel at 2-3 mph with 12-18 ft flame lengths, making it a real threat to the lives of firefighters