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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 »

Things To Know Before You Come

There are many things to see and do during your visit. The links below will provide you with information to help prepare for your trip to Saguaro National Park.

Your Safety

Preserving the Desert- Park Regulations

Bicycling At Saguaro National Park

Hiking at Saguaro National Park

Camping in the Tucson Area

 

New Carrillo Trail Opens on February 19, 2014

 
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The new trail section is .7 miles long and is located east of the damaged trail section.

The new Carrillo Trail is 0.7 miles long and replaces approximately 0.9 miles of the heavily damaged Carrillo Trail section between the Douglas Spring Trail and Three Tank.

This change was necessary to prevent further damage along the old Carrillo route which suffered from deep rutting as a result of water runoff being caught in the trail and cutting down the trail.

The new trail gains approximately 70 feet in elevation, as opposed to the 15% grade in some areas of the previous trail, creating a safer and more easily maintainable trail for hikers and horses.

The old section of the Carrillo Trail will be closed and rehabilitated to prevent further damage to the area once the new section is open.
 
Carrillo before
The old Carrillo Trail became a drainage for water in wet weather due to its steep slope and lack of switchbacks and waterbars to drain the water away. 

These deep ruts were difficult to hike in and dangerous for horses.

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.