Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Deer Head Fire
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 »
The Science Behind Fire Management
For nearly 100 years, the National Park Service has been a steward of public land. Our fire management program is grounded in the best available science. Listed below are links to some select scientific literature and sources of information on a variety of topics relating to fire management at Saguaro National Park.
Fire history in the Rincon and Catalina Mountains, Jose Iñiguez (2006) - Appendix A (Santa Catalina Mountains) - B (Rincon Peak) - C (Fire history and moisture and forest age structure) [PDF, 5 MB total]
Fire histories from the Southwest, Tom Swetnam (2005) [PDF, 736 KB]
Fire Danger from Buffelgrass
Effects of Fire on Vegetation
Effects of Fire on Wildlife
Wilderness fire management issues, Carol Miller (2006) (PDF, 192 KB)
Did You Know?
The average life span of a saguaro cactus is 150 years, but some plants may live more than 200 years. A 20 foot tall saguaro weighs approximately 1 ton (2000 pounds).