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 »
Western National Parks Association
Both visitor centers within Saguaro National Park have a bookstore operated by a private, non-profit organization called Western National Parks Association (WNPA). In addition to Saguaro, WNPA also operates bookstores in 64 other National Park Service areas throughout the western United States. A variety of books on the Sonoran Desert and Saguaro National Park are available for purchase either in person, or on-line. For more information about Western National Parks Association, or to purchase material, visit them at www.wnpa.org
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.