Q. Where is the tallest saguaro?
A. The tallest saguaro ever recorded was 78 ft tall but fell down in 1986. At the park, there is no specific saguaro recognized as the tallest in the area. If you are looking for tall Saguaros, check out the Loma Verde loop in the East District of the park.
Q. Are cactus spines poisonous? A. No, cactus spines are not poisonous, nor venomous, but puncture sites can become infected just like any other kind of wound. Take caution with what you touch!
Q. How do saguaros grow?
A. Saguaros are a very slow growing cactus. In Saguaro National Park, studies indicate that a saguaro grows between 1 and 1.5 inches in the first eight years of its life. more
Q. When is the saguaro's flowering season?
A. Late April through June.
Q. Can I make a reservation for one of your picnic areas?
A. No, reservations are not taken for picnic areas in Saguaro National Park. They are first come, first served.
Q. What uses require a special use permit?
A. 1. Weddings
2. Picnicking in groups of 20 or more persons
3. Religious Retreats
4. Dispersal of human remains
Higher saguaro density, younger saguaro forest, and lower elevation including scrub and desert grassland.
Q. Do I have to worry about snakes?
A. As long as you keep your hands and feet in sight at all times and keep awareness about your surroundings, you will be fine. If you hear a rattle stop moving and identify the direction it is coming from and move towards the opposite location, always staying on the path.
Q. Why aren't horses and dogs allowed on some of the trails?
A. Dogs are considered predators by wildlife and causes them to vacate the area or frequent it less often. Horses can damage natural resources (which could also be dangerous for the horse itself) and some trails are not specifically maintained for horse traffic.
Q. Which trails are accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act?
A. East District: Desert Ecology Trail and Mica View Trail
West District: Desert Discovery Trail
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Q. Do you have WiFi? A. No, neither district has WiFi and cell coverage does fluctuate due to being outside the city limits.
Q. What do I do if I see suspicious activity or a resource crime? A. Call Park Dispatch at 928-608-6301.