Fire Restrictions in effect for Saguaro National Park
Due to increased fire danger in southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park will implement fire restrictions in both the Rincon and Tucson Mountain Districts, beginning Wednesday, May 22, 2013. More »
Bottled water no longer for sale in Saguaro National Park
Water bottle filling stations have been installed at both visitor centers and the Rincon Mountain District bike ramada for visitors to refill their reusable water bottles. A variety of BPA-free waterbottles are available inside the visitor centers. More »
Tucson Mountain District (west) road re-opened
The Golden Gate Road has been re-opened north of Sendero-Esperanza and is is now rated for high clearance vehicles due to the rough nature of the terrain. More »
American Indian Heritage Cultural Fair
Native American craft demonstrators, dancers, musicians, and speakers will gather again at Saguaro National Park for the Tenth Annual American Indian Heritage Cultural Fair.
The Fair takes place on Saturday November 6th, 2010 at the Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro West), 2700 N. Kinney Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Artisans from several Arizona native Nations will display their craftworks, share American Indian dances, and give insights into Southwestern native cultures.
November is recognized as National American Indian Heritage Month, by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are a special part of the tapestry of our Nation's history. As keepers of a rich and ancient cultural heritage, American Indians share with all of us the beauty of their art, power of song and grace of their people.
The park visitor center area will be filled with craft displays and demonstrations throughout the fair day. Some artisans will have crafts of their own making available for sale.
Speakers and dancers from Arizona tribes will perform traditional dances and discuss various aspects of their culture throughout the day. A guided tour will be lead by one of the Tohono O'odham Tribal member to one of the petroglyph sites.
A special children's activities area will feature craft activities and demonstrations from 9:00 – 5:00.
Traditional food will be available for purchase.
Park entrance fees will be waived for this special event.
Saguaro's annual American Indian Cultural Fair is sponsored by the National Park Service, with financial support provided by the Friends of Saguaro National Park and the Western National Parks Association.
For additional information contact the Tucson Mountain District Visitor Center at 520-733-5158.
Did You Know?
"Don't call ME pig!" Javelinas are able to eat spiny prickly pear pads with no obvious harm to their mouths, stomachs or intestinal tracts due to an enzyme in their saliva. Javelinas are not true pigs, they are peccaries, which are native to the Americas. True pigs are native to Europe and Asia. Wild pigs and boars are decedents from true pigs brought over on boats to the new world.