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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 »

Junior Ranger Wilderness Day Camp

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Junior Rangers

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Saguaro National Park West
Offers Junior Ranger
Wilderness Day Camp

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 chip_littlefield@nps.gov.

Did You Know?

Saguaro

The average life span of a saguaro cactus is 150 years, but some plants may live more than 200 years. A 20 foot tall saguaro weighs approximately 1 ton (2000 pounds).