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  • 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 »

What Others Say About Saguaro NP

People are talking about Saguaro National Park. Below you can find a list of recent articles and stories published in media outlets all over the world.

High Country News - April 5, 2013
Taking the Park to the People - Paul Larmer highlights work Saguaro National Park did earlier this year with our Hispanic community. http://www.hcn.org/articles/taking-the-park-to-the-people

Arizona Daily Star - October 31, 2012
Saguaro East's Hope Camp Trail Opening Up to Mountain Bikers - Hikers and horseback riders will soon be joined on a popular path by another breed of trail traveler: mountain bikers.
http://azstarnet.com/news/local/saguaro-east-s-hope-camp-trail-opening-up-to-mountain/article_4cf240db-1e3a-58e4-9d76-a84708999e34.html

Arizona Daily Star - June 6, 2012
Saguaro National Park East Closes Visitor Center for Renovation
- The visitor center at Saguaro National Park East - built nearly 60 years ago - is closed for major renovation and won't reopen until about the end of summer.
http://azstarnet.com/news/local/saguaro-national-park-east-closes-its-visitor-center-for-renovation/article_f9b67d09-fea6-5718-9d25-8a79b60261ac.html

Arizona Daily Star - May 16, 2012
Eclipse means Sunday will be partial-sun day
- A partial solar eclipse will be visible across Western states on Sunday - and Saguaro National Park west of Tucson is one good place to catch the sun's disappearing act.
http://azstarnet.com/news/local/eclipse-means-sunday-will-be-partial-sun-day/article_4f0798ec-ef23-51a9-a7ac-cba68b977716.html

Arizona Daily Star - April 10, 2012
Applications Being Accepted for Junior Ranger Camp
- Applications for the lottery drawing of participants are being accepted now through May 4 for Junior Ranger Camps, which will be held at Saguaro East this summer, throughout the month of June.
http://azstarnet.com/entertainment/outdoors/applications-being-accepted-for-junior-ranger-camp/article_d2685cc2-8321-11e1-8681-0019bb2963f4.html

The Boston Globe - April 1, 2012
10 Great Places to Take the Kids - What kid doesn't want to be an official National Park Junior Ranger? At
Saguaro National Park, the park is a haven for wildlife such as desert tortoise, javelinas, roadrunners, Vermillion Flycatchers, and Whiskered Screech Owls. http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/travel/2012/03/31/great-places-take-kids/kby69AVPPbgtrwo6rJMmVP/picture.html

Arizona Public Media - April 5, 2012
Civilian Conservation Corps Legacy Endures
- The Great Depression had a hold on the nationwhen President Franklin D. Roosevelt came up with the concept of the Civilian Conservation Corps. But decades later, the structural legacy of the program endures in Saguaro National Park-West. Phillip Brown, a park ranger with Saguaro National Park and Civilian Conservation Corps historian, says the work of the CCC is evident throughout the park. https://www.azpm.org/s/8528-civilian-conservation-corps-legacy-endures/

USA Today - March 27, 2012
More National Parks Curb Sales of Disposable Water Bottles -
If you're visiting southern Arizona's
Saguaro National Park this spring and don't bring along your own thirst quenchers, take note: The park is discontinuing on-site vending machine sales of disposable bottled water and soda. New water bottle filling stations are located at the park's two visitor centers, where BPA-free, reusable bottles are available for purchase for as little as $1.99 (vs. $1.25 for vending machine water). http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/dispatches/post/2012/03/more-national-parks-move-to-curb-plastic-water-bottles/656381/1

Arizona Daily Star - March 25, 2012
Best of Sunday: Our Enduring Desert May Be Coming Apart at the Seams
- The Sonoran Desert is fracturing, with species increasingly doing their own thing rather than growing together as a single ecosystem, researchers say.
http://azstarnet.com/news/science/environment/best-of-sunday-our-enduring-desert-may-be-coming-apart/article_0c1fa2f0-3116-51c5-8da7-137c027b1cb8.html?mode=story

Associated Press - March 19 & 22, 2012
Park Cutting Plastic Bottle Use
- Saguaro National Park in Tucson is discontinuing the sale of disposable bottled water or soda by vending machines on site. Officials say the park has long been committed to recycling plastic and aluminum, saving 61,500 pounds of recyclable waste from landfills in 2010 alone.
http://azstarnet.com/news/local/saguaro-national-park-cutting-plastic-bottle-use/article_667bfa7c-7427-11e1-aef7-0019bb2963f4.html OR NPR/KUAT: https://www.azpm.org/s/8384-saguaro-park-bans-bottled-water-sales/

National Parks Travelers - March 19, 2012
Park Using New Technology to Deter Cactus Rustlers
- Saguaro National Park is using some new technology to help deter an old-time problem-cactus poachers. Operation PIT Tag inserts tiny micro-chips into cacti to allow positive identification of saguaro cacti which have been heisted from the park. http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2012/03/saguaro-national-park-using-new-technology-deter-cactus-rustlers9569

Los Angeles Times - February 12, 2012
100 Cool Places in Arizona
- Grand vistas? Check. Funky restaurants? On the list. Wild and woolly history? You got it. Arizona marks the centennial of its statehood, so we scoured the state and found five score places for your "must" list. Read More:
http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-arizona-20120212,0,948335.story or Visit the Gallery: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-100-images-for-100-years-of-arizona-20120208-photos,0,6026897.photogallery

KVOA News - February 10, 2012
Hittin' the Trails 4 You: The Douglas Spring Trail
- Sitting at the base of the Rincon Mountains, the Douglas Spring Trail gives hikers ample opportunity to soak in their surroundings. Read More/Watch News Cast:
http://www.kvoa.com/news/hittin-the-trails-4-you-the-douglas-spring-trail/#!prettyPhoto/0/

KVOA News - February 2012
Saguaro National Park Getting More Hispanic Visitors
- Saguaro National Park, in cooperation with the University of Idaho, will be hosting a series of focus group discussions, from February 25 through February 29, 2012. Watch News Cast:
http://www.kvoa.com/videos/saguaro-national-park-getting-more-hispanic-visitors/

Arizona Daily Star - February 26, 2012
Where our Past Lies Underfoot
- Saguaro National Park east of Tucson might look like a pristine preserve today - but it was once the turf of cowboys and kiln workers. Read more:
http://azstarnet.com/news/local/where-our-past-lies-underfoot/article_98d2d9d6-1061-58a5-a424-f156129ca79e.html#ixzz1of0qEwin

Arizona Daily Star - January 12, 2012
Older Saguaros are Still Paying a Price After Great Freeze of 2011 -
Saguaros, especially older ones, have died as a result of a brutal freeze last February - and researchers say the cold had a "horrific" effect on last year's saguaro bloom. Read more:
http://azstarnet.com/news/local/older-saguaros-are-still-paying-a-price-after-great-freeze/article_f603a4e4-e17a-5e75-9d24-c2a3bdbd61d2.html#ixzz1oezAzwaT

The Arizona Republic - January 6, 2012
Arizona Hiking Trails: See the State in 2012
- Break out of the gate this month with three excellent hikes. These may not be the best-known trails in the state, or even in their region, but they should be on any serious hiker's bucket list. Each delivers fantastic scenery, a healthy ration of solitude and a good -- but not grueling -- workout. Read more:
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/arizonaliving/articles/2011/12/19/20111219arizona-hikes-sedona-tucson-kingman.html?nclick_check=1#ixzz1of03uZDw

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Did You Know?

Fairy Duster

March and April are the best months to view wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert. Popular flowers include the Mexican golden poppy, the Arizona penstemon, and the Fairy duster.