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 »
Bottled water no longer for sale in Saguaro National Park
Water bottle filling stations have been installed at both visitor centers and the Rincon Mountain District bike ramada for visitors to refill their reusable water bottles. A variety of BPA-free waterbottles are available inside the visitor centers. 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 »
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:
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?
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.