Cactus Forest Loop Road CLOSURE
The Cactus Forest Loop Road in Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District (east) will be closed March 10th and 11th from 5am to 8am. The Visitor Center Parking Lot will also be closed on March 11th from 5am to 8am for road striping. More »
Construction on roads in Tucson Mountain District may cause delays up to 30 mins
Starting February 3rd, work will begin to improve safety features along Picture Rocks Road, Sandario Road and Kinney Road. Work may cause delays up to 30 minutes and the work is scheduled to continue into March. More »
Faxing Backcountry Permits
Due to fax machine issues, please fax backcountry permits to this alternate number until further notice: (520) 733-5183. Any faxes sent after Thursday March 6, please resend. 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?
Gila monsters are one of two venomous lizards in the world. The other is the similar Mexican beaded lizard. Gila monster venom evolved as a defensive rather than offensive weapon.