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 »
Junior Ranger Wilderness Day Camp
Saguaro National Park West
Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain District (West), located at 2700 North Kinney Road, offers two, three-day Wilderness Exploration Day Camps for young people 10 to 14 years old.
The camp offers a variety of fun, hands-on activities such as hiking, exploring, map and compass reading, learning how a GPS helps you navigate through the desert, checking caves and burrows for tortoises and Gila Monsters, and an exhilarating night hike through the magic of the desert after dark. Participants will also learn how to pick a camp site, pitch a tent, cook with a backpack stove, understand hiking safety, and Leave No Trace land use ethics. A high value is also placed on unstructured down time as well where participants chat, eat, and snooze at their "campsite". The camp finishes around a campfire, sharing stories of the adventures discovered during the camp. The three-day experience is structured to encourage young people to explore the desert, learn about nature, and have fun in the great outdoors. The ultimate goal is to provide young people with a sense of stewardship for not only National Parks, but for nature and the environment on a global scale as well.
Camp hours generally run from mid-morning to mid-evening, the last day being longer allowing for the campfire and graduation. If you have day care concerns, or need flexible drop off/pickup times, please let us know. Camp fees are $35.00 per person and are held over winter break and Rodeo break. Space is limited. Reservations are required.
For more detailed information follow the link Saguaro National Park West Junior Ranger Wilderness Day Camp or please feel free to contact Ranger Chip Littlefield at 733-5157, or email him at email@example.com.
Did You Know?
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.