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 »
When most people think about Saguaro National Park, they think of the desert, and the concept of fire seems totally foreign. Actually, Saguaro National Park is in two separate worlds in terms of fire. In the desert, below about 4,500 feet elevation, historically fire played almost no role. The sparse grasses and forbs in the desert rarely allowed fire to spread.
However, as elevation increases, temperatures moderate and rainfall increases. Above about 4,500 feet grasses and forbs increase in abundance, eventually creating continuous ground cover that can support fire spread.
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.