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 »
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?
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