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    Saguaro

    National Park Arizona

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  • Tucson Mountain District Roads Closed Due to Flash Flooding

    Several interior roads, including the scenic loop, are closed in Tucson Mountain District (west) due to severe storms and flash flooding on August 26th. Roads will remain closed until further notice. Check the park's facebook page for updated information More »

  • Labor Day Run - Rincon Mountain District Road Closure - Sept. 1st

    Due to the Annual Labor Day Run, Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District Loop Drive will be closed from 4:00am to approx 10:30am on Sept. 1, 2014. Please be advised of vehicle congestion along roadsides when approaching the park during this time. 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 flower of a Staghorn Cholla

Many of the plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only edible, they are great sources of nutrition, including the buds of the staghorn cholla which is a great source of calcium and magnesium.