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 »
Discovery Pack Program
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?
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.