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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 »

Discovery Pack Program

Junior Ranger

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Children ages 5 and up are invited to participate in Saguaro National Park's Junior Ranger Discovery Pack program. This program is available every day except Christmas.

Parents or legal guardians may pick up an activity booklet and check out a discovery pack at either visitor center of the park. Each discovery pack contains a variety of tools to assist in completing a desert-themed workbook. There is no charge for this program.

Perticipants receive either a 12 or 20 page activity booklet. Parents are requested to choose the appropriate booklet for their child. Please ask for samples at the information desk. The 12 page booklet offers a variety of fun activities with little reading and writing required. Most activities require drawing lines or pictures and are fairly easy to complete. The 20 page booklet requires extensive reading and writing as well as some analytical thinking skills. Some the activities in this booklet are challenging.

Completion times average 90 minutes. Discovery packs may not be checked out after 2:00 p.m. and must be returned by 4:30 p.m. All participants will be awarded an official Saguaro National Park Junior Ranger certificate and badge.

Did You Know?

The forest of the Saguaro Wilderness Area.

Saguaro National Park is more than just a desert park. In fact, the highest point in the eastern district is Mica Mountain at 8,666 ft. There you will find a dense forest of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, alligator-bark juniper, and aspen.