Tucson Mountain District Roads Closed Due to Flash Flooding
Several interior roads, including the scenic loop, are closed in Tucson Mountain District (west) due to severe storms and flash flooding on August 26th. Roads will remain closed until further notice. Check the park's facebook page for updated information More »
Labor Day Run - Rincon Mountain District Road Closure - Sept. 1st
Due to the Annual Labor Day Run, Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District Loop Drive will be closed from 4:00am to approx 10:30am on Sept. 1, 2014. Please be advised of vehicle congestion along roadsides when approaching the park during this time. More »
How You Can Help
Help stop the spread of invasive plants
Don't plant a pest! Avoid buying or growing plants that are known to be invasive. If you are unsure if a plant is invasive, ask at the nursery if the plant is "weedy". If a local nursery is selling invasive plants or seeds, let them know your concerns. Avoid buying and planting mixtures of seeds, especially ones labeled "wildflowers"; many seed packets contain invasive species, such as African daisy.
Landscape and garden with plants native to your area. Although many non-native plants are not invasive and can be grown without risk, emphasizing native plants, especially pollinator-friendly species, can provide other advantages such as food, cover, or nesting sites for butterflies, birds and other wildlife. Native plants also require less water, fertilizer, and pesticide.
Eliminate buffelgrass and fountain grass in your neighborhood. Team with neighbors or organize a weekend morning neighborhood pull.
When gardening or doing a construction project:
Report buffelgrass outside the Park to the proper authorities. The earlier weeds are detected and removed, the better the chance of control. For large infestations that may threaten life or property, don't delay, contact the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality buffelgrass page website. It contains information on regulation, enforcement, a link to a Buffelgrass Complaint Form, and a phone number for reporting buffelgrass on private land in the county.
Visiting the park
Want to do more?
If you hike the Park often and would like to incorporate weed removal into your hikes, consider becoming part of the Weed Free Trails Program.
Check out the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination website for more information on buffelgrass and how you can help.
Did You Know?
"Don't call ME pig!" Javelinas are able to eat spiny prickly pear pads with no obvious harm to their mouths, stomachs or intestinal tracts due to an enzyme in their saliva. Javelinas are not true pigs, they are peccaries, which are native to the Americas. True pigs are native to Europe and Asia. Wild pigs and boars are descended from true pigs brought over on boats to the new world.