Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Wildland Fire Activity
Due to fire activity and for the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. More »
Short Term Trail Closures for Buffelgrass Treatment
Between August 19 and August 29, isolated trails in both districts may be closed for a short duration as aerial treatment of invasive buffelgrass is happening in that area. Closures will be posted at each trail and announced on facebook daily. More »
Monthly Buffelgrass Pull
NPS/Saguaro National Park
Help Preserve the Sonoran Desert by removing buffelgrass, a highly invasive grass that threatens native plants and wildlife populations.
Volunteers are needed to assist with buffelgrass pulls, held the second Saturday of each month, from Sept-May. Work will be approximately 4 hours of digging up buffelgrass. We will meet at scheduled times (see schedule below) at the Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center. Bring a backpack with plenty of water. Pants, long sleeve shirt, and sturdy shoes are required. Tools and gloves will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Scheduled buffelgrass pulls:
Beat Back Buffelgrass Day 2014
Buffelgrass threatens Sonoran Desert wildlands and urban areas. To combat this invasive weed, and encourage public involvement, the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Center has organized the 7th annual Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. From Sahuarita to the Catalina Foothills, there are volunteer sites throughout Pima County. To see all the volunteer sites (including Saguaro National Park) for Beat Back Buffelgrass Day and to sign up to help, click here.
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.