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Park Watch

A rare snowstorm blanketed the Rincon
Mountain District in the winter of 2007.

photo by daniel stolte

Park Watch: Protect Saguaro National Park by Reporting Suspicious Activity

Similar to a neighborhood block watch, Park Watch is a newly established program for park neighbors and visitors to help protect the park. The program’s goal is to decrease resource crimes and criminal activity on public lands, while encouraging park visitors and neighbors to take an active role in keeping Saguaro a safe and enjoyable place to visit.

Please be alert for any threats to the park and its resources. Examples include arson, vandalism, off-road vehicle activity, theft of resources (archeological, cactus, minerals, etc.), poaching (mammals, reptiles, etc.), dumping of debris, illegal camping, and marijuana cultivation or drug labs. If you observe a crime in progress, do not attempt to take any action or intervene yourself. Note the time and location of the incident, descriptions of the persons and vehicles involved, including license plate numbers, and report your observations to a park ranger.

 

For EMERGENCIES, always call 911! For those incidents described above, Law Enforcement Rangers and park officials can be reached at either of the park’s two visitor centers. But the surest way to contact a ranger, whether during or after hours, is by calling one of the park’s dispatch centers:
From 7:00 am to 11:00 pm: call the Federal Law Enforcement Dispatch Center in Phoenix at 1-800-637-9152
From 11:00 pm to 7:00 am: call the Lake Mead Dispatch Center in Boulder City, Nevada at 1-800-680-5851

 
Rincon Institute

Your assistance will help to protect the natural and cultural resources of Saguaro National Park for this and future generations!

Park Watch is a component of the Urban Interface Project, a partnership between Saguaro National Park and the Rincon Institute. The Rincon Institute works to protect the natural resources of Saguaro National Park and surrounding lands through community outreach, education, conservation, and scientific assessment. With the Urban Interface Project, Rincon Institute has expanded its activities to include the park’s Tucson Mountain District (West). To learn more about Urban Interface and other Rincon Institute activities, visit www.rinconinstitute.org.

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.