High Desert Temperatures
Desert temps are over 100 degrees with extremely low humidity. Drink water before you hit the trails, and during your hike drink a quart of water per hour and some form of electrolytes to replace minerals your body needs. Wear a hat and sunscreen. More »
Fire Restrictions in effect for Saguaro National Park
Due to increased fire danger in southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park will implement fire restrictions in both the Rincon and Tucson Mountain Districts, beginning Wednesday, May 22, 2013. More »
Tucson Mountain District (west) road re-opened
The Golden Gate Road has been re-opened north of Sendero-Esperanza and is is now rated for high clearance vehicles due to the rough nature of the terrain. More »
Things to Do
Two Districts, One Park
Where do we begin? There is so much to take in while visiting this beautiful park. Saguaro National Park is home to one of the world's most majestic plants - the Saguaro Cactus (scientific name Carnegiea gigantea). This Sonoran Desert native, is a large, tree-sized cactus with a relatively long lifespan - up to 250 years. It's beautiful white, waxy flower (which blooms late May-July) is the Arizona state flower and is a favorite treat for the diverse Animal populations that call Saguaro National park home.
Saguaro National Park has two districts - east & west - that are separated by the City of Tucson. It takes 30-45 minutes to transit between the two districts depending on route and traffic, so it is important you plan accordingly. Don't worry, you only pay the entrance fee once, and your pass is good at both locations for 7 days from the date of purchase.
Each district has a variety of ranger lead, guided programs you can choose from. Programs are similar from week to week, and are subject to change without notice. Some interpretive programs are accessible to persons with physical disabilities or require a reservation to participate. This information will be noted on the schedule along with a phone number to make a reservation or get more information.
Did You Know?
March and April are the best months to view wildflowers in the Sonoran Desert. Popular flowers include the Mexican golden poppy, the Arizona penstemon, and the Fairy duster.