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July 24, 2014
Deer Head Fire Ignited by Lightning in Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountains
Tucson, AZ - A lightning-ignited fire was discovered today in the Rincon Mountains, near Spud Rock Springs. The Deer Head Fire was first detected on July 24, 2014 at approximately 11:11 a.m. It is estimated to be approximately 15-20 acres.

July 14, 2014
Tourism to Saguaro National Park creates $41,150,700 in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 569 jobs in local economy
Tucson, AZ - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 678,261 visitors to Saguaro National Park in 2013 spent over $41.1 million in Tucson and nearby communities. That spending supported 569 jobs in the local area.

July 14, 2014
Saguaro National Park Resumes Work to Restore Native Vegetation
Tucson, AZ - With the increase in moisture brought on by monsoon rains, conditions are optimal for seasonal restoration work to resume in Saguaro National Park. The park, along with other city, county, state and other federal agencies, will be using ground-based field crews to apply herbicide on buffelgrass and improve conditions for native plants.

July 10, 2014
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Effective Friday, July 11, Saguaro National Park, in coordination with state and federal partners in southeast Arizona, will life all fire restrictions.

July 4, 2014
Naturalization Ceremony Held at Saguaro National Park
Tucson, AZ - Twenty people from 20 countries became United States citizens in ceremonies held on the Fourth of July at Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District. The ceremonies were held in partnership with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

July 2014
Saguaro National Park July Program Schedule
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this summer that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park's website.

June 4, 2014
Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Due to fire danger in Southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park will implement fire restrictions beginning Thursday, June 5, 2014. Restrictions prohibit campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stove fires and smoking except within enclosed vehicles.

May 14, 2014
Saguaro National Park June Program Schedule
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this summer that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural histories.

April 30, 2014
Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will implement fire restrictions in both the Rincon and Tucson Mountain Districts, beginning Thursday, May 1, 2014.

April 28, 2014
Saguaro National Park May Program Schedule
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this spring that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural histories.

April 24, 2014
Saguaro National Park to Offer Summer Junior Ranger Camps at Rincon Mountain District
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will offer its traditional Junior Ranger Camps at the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East) again this summer. For more than twenty years these camps have introduced young Tucsonans to the wonders of southern Arizona's only National Park.

April 23, 2014
Saguaro National Park's Restoration Plan Finalized
Tucson, AZ - The environmental compliance process for Saguaro National Park's Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) is complete, and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been signed by Sue E. Masica, Director of the National Park Service's Intermountain Region.

April 22, 2014
Friends of Saguaro National Park and National Park Foundation Announce Completion of Joint Fundraising Campaign for Saguaro National Park
Tucson, AZ - Friends of Saguaro National Park and the National Park Foundation announced the completion of a joint fundraising campaign to support the installation of new interpretive exhibits at Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain Visitor Center.

March 26, 2014
Saguaro National Park Offers Fee Free Weekend to Celebrate National Park Week 2014
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is joining with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to Celebrate 2014 National Park Week, including free entrance to both districts Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20.

March 2014
Saguaro National Park April Program Schedule Corrected
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this spring that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural histories.

March 26, 2014
Saguaro National Park to Offer Free Admission on Cesar Chavez Day; Monday, March 31
Tucson, AZ - Enjoy the beautiful spring weather in your backyard national park, with free admission into Saguaro National Park on Monday, March 31: Cesar Chavez Day.

March 25, 2014
CORRECTED Saguaro National Park April Program Schedule
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this spring that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program Listings are also available on the Guided programs webpage.

March 19, 2014
Saguaro National Park Seeks Community Assistance to Identify Person of Interest
Tucson, AZ - The National Park Service is seeking the public's help identifying the individual in these photos. She may have information regarding several unattended vehicle break-ins and thefts which occurred in Saguaro National Park on the west side of Tucson in late February and early March.

March 19, 2014
Cactus Forest Loop Drive Work Resumes on March 24
Tucson AZ - Visitors may experience 15 minute delays over the week of March 24 and should expect the road to be closed from 5am to 8am one morning TBD

March 18, 2014
Saguaro National Park Hosts Civilian Conservation Corps Recognition Day
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is pleased to host the Fifth Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Recognition Day. The event will be held on Saturday, March 29, from 9:00am to 4:00pm in the Tucson Mountain District (west). This year the program features appearances by CCC historians; displays of photos, newspapers, and memorabilia; book signings and conversations with authors; documentaries and films about the era; and guest speakers on a variety of topics. CCC alumni are among the invited guests.

March 2014
Saguaro National Park April Program Schedule
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this spring that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural histories.

March 3, 2014
Tourism to Saguaro National Park creates $37.5 Million in Economic Benefit
Tucson, AZ - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 634,286 visitors to Saguaro National Park in 2012 spent $37.5 Million in communities near the park. That spending supported 526 jobs in the local area.

February 24, 2014
Saguaro National Park Program Schedule for March
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this spring that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural histories.

February 13, 2014
Saguaro National Park Prepares to Open New Section of the Carrillo Trail in the Rincon Mountain District (east)
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will open the newly re-routed section of the Carrillo Trail, located in the Cactus Forest area of the Rincon Mountain District (east) on Wednesday February 19, after the holiday weekend.

February 12, 2014
Saguaro National Park to Offer Free Admission Over President's Day Weekend
Tucson, AZ - Enjoy the beautiful spring weather in your backyard national park, with free admission into Saguaro National Park this holiday weekend.

January 30, 2014
Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District Offers Wilderness Exploration Camp Over Winter Break

Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain District (west) will offer a three-day Wilderness Camp for young people 10 to 14 years old. The dates for the camp are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 20-22, 2014.

January 27, 2014
Safety Improvement Work on Picture Rocks Road will Resume on February 3
Tucson, AZ - Commuters and visitors who use Picture Rocks Road, Sandario Road, or Kinney Road could potentially face delays due to road construction starting on February 2, 2014. There will be temporary electronic signage installed during the last week of January to warn motorists of the coming traffic changes and to remind them to slow down upon entering the construction zones.

January 23, 2014
Saguaro National Park's Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment is Available for Public Review and Comment
Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is releasing a Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA) on January 24 for public review and comment. The plan includes alternative actions intended to restore natural vegetation, and to mitigate negative impacts to park lands from damage caused by fire, flood, invasive species or other human causes.

January 21, 2014
Saguaro National Park is Looking for Volunteers to Beat Back Buffelgrass on Saturday

Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park will host a Beat Back Buffelgrass event Saturday, January 25th in the Tucson Mountain District (west) as part of the seventh annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day, a coordinated region wide effort to combat this invasive weed which threatens our iconic Sonoran Desert.

January 8, 2014
Traffic Changes Around Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain District (west) on January 11 for Beyond Event

Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park and Friends of Saguaro National Park are hosting a 5 mile fun run/walk on Saturday, January 11 as part of the Tucson Beyond events. This increase in pedestrian traffic will cause some delays and closures on park roads.

January 7, 2014
Saguaro National Park Hosts Allen Dart for Special Lecture on Hohokam Culture

Tucson, AZ
- Archaeologist Allen Dart, M.A., RPA, will be presenting a special program on Hohokam Culture this Friday, January 10 at 2:30pm in the Tucson Mountain District (west), Red Hills Visitor Center.

January 3, 2014
Saguaro National Park February Program Schedule

Tucson, AZ - Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this winter that explore the park's wonderful natural and cultural history.

Did You Know?

Saguaro

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).