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Saguaro National Park November 2018 Program Schedule

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Date: October 30, 2018
Contact: Melanie Florez, 520-733-5151
Contact: Richard Hill, 520-733-5158

Saguaro National Park News Release                           19-02

For Immediate Release
November   2018                                                                                                                                                                     
Contacts:    Saguaro West - Richard Hill (520) 733-5158, 2700 N. Kinney Rd.
                  Saguaro East - Melanie Florez (520) 733-5151, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail
Saguaro National Park November Program Schedule
Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of walks and talks that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website,, or visit us on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; visitors should call the visitor centers for updates or reservations.
Naturalist Programs at Tucson Mountain District (West District), 2700 N. Kinney Rd.:
Programs are offered on most days in the morning at 10:15 and/or 11:15, and in the afternoon at 2:15and/or 3:15 and last 30 to 45 minutes.  Topics include mountain lions, lizards, coyotes, javelinas, kangaroo rats, insects, birds, survival strategies, the saguaro cactus, and other topics related to the desert. All programs are subject to change.  Call the visitor center at (520) 733-5158 for updates the day of the program.
Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27   2:15 p.m.    Raptors!  Talk: 30 minutes
Southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert Region are renowned for the large variety of animal and plant species, especially birds, that can be found in the area. Among the most fascinating of those are the raptors, top predators of the avian world, who either live here year-round, or migrate through the area. Wheelchair accessible

Nov.24, 28, 29, 30  2:15 p.m. Creepy Crawlers: The Silent - Majority   Talk: 30 minutes
Learn about some of our most feared and misunderstood arthropods who call this park home. Come discover how essential they are for our desert community and why we shouldn’t fear these mostly harmless creatures. Wheelchair accessible

Nov. 5  10:15 a.m. Picture This..Life Through A Different Lens    Talk and Walk: 45 minutes.
Experience the desert from a whole new view with this interactive photography program; designed to present the basics of photography while envoking emotional connections with the desert.

Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24    9:45 a.m.     The Plants Tell All      Walk: 2 hours, 1½ miles
Plants are the foundation of the web of life. Join a park naturalist to learn the secrets of what ties the plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert together. Plant survival, insects and spiders, birds and mammals -- nothing is off limits for discussion on this discovery trek through the desert. For this moderate walk, closed-toed shoes, a hat, and water are required.

Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29   11:15 a.m.  Living With Giants Talk: 45 minutes
The saguaro celebrates events and faces challenges throughout its life. A biologist explains how it provides shelter and substance for wildlife; when it flowers; its growth patterns; and how it fights for survival against drought, lightning, frost, and other dangers. Wheelchair accessible

Nov. 29, 30   10:15 a.m.  Spiny, Shady, and COOL!  Walk: 30 minutes, 100 yards
Come for a short walk and discover the great variety of cacti that inhabit this unique and fascinating desert.Wheelchair accessible

Nov. 18   1:45 p.m.    Wasson Peak   Moonlight Hike: 7 hours, 8 miles roundtrip
This hike climbs 1,700 feet to the highest point in the Tucson Mountains. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the sunset before descending by the light of the moon. The hike is at an easy-to-moderate pace but is considered difficult due to elevation gain and hiking after dark. Ages 12 and older. Reservations required; 733-5158

Nov. 20   3:00 p.m.   Sunset Hike   4 hours, 3 ½ miles roundtrip
This hike gains 700 feet  with most of the elevation change in switchbacks near the ridgeline,  where hikers will watch the sunset before descending under moonlight. Reservations required; 733-5158
Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):    
November 1                 7:00 p.m.            Star Party                   Illustrated Program & Activity
Join park naturalists for an introduction to astronomy and a look at the desert night sky. Telescopes and binoculars will be available. Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153.Accessible Program

November 3          10:00 a.m.               Cactus & Cattle 2 Hour Hike   
Take a hike down a beautiful and historic trail with a Ranger. Learn about the past, present, and future of ecology in Saguaro National Park. Two miles, 400 feet in elevation.  Accessible Program
November 3, 9, 11        2:00 p.m.          The Changing Cactus Forest   Presentation
Change is constant – and accelerating – in the area of Saguaro National Park called the Cactus Forest. We’ll take a look at the forest then and now, and consider how the future will shape what your grandchildren see here. Accessible Program
November 5, 12, 19, 26             2:00 p.m.          The Adventures of Thelma the Tortoise          Presentation
Go on a fantastic trip across the Sonoran Desert with one adventurous tortoise who called Saguaro National park her home – until she set her eye on farther horizons! Accessible Program
November 7, 14, 21, 28             9:30 a.m.            Showers of Saguaros     Presentation
The majestic Saguaro depends on the billions of tiny raindrops shed by the mighty summer monsoon storms for its long-term survival.  Accessible Program
November 7, 14, 21, 28             2:00 p.m.          What’s New at Saguaro National Park?          Presentation
Saguaro National Park is best known for its variety of cactus, including the giant Saguaro. Join park staff in the visitor center theater to take a look at the Rincon Mountains and the new plant species recently discovered up there. Accessible Program
November 23, 30                      2:00 p.m.          Cactus Caravan            Auto Tour
Begin your exploration of the Cactus Forest Drive with a park ranger and become familiar with some of the common cacti. A great introduction to the park!   Accessible Program
November 24               2:00 p.m.          Drive-Thru Geology     Auto Tour
Hop in your car for a journey through 25 million years of earth history…in one hour! We’ll observe the varied landforms of the desert – bajadas, washes, outcrops – and find out why geology students from around the world come to see the Rincon Mountain foothills. (Hint: it’s the mylonitic gneiss!)
November 25             10:00 a.m.                 The GIANT Cactus           Guided Walk
Saguaro National Park is famous for its gigantic saguaros. Still, you have to know where to look to find a real giant among giants. The best way is to join a ranger for a walk along a desert wash for a lesson in trees of the desert and a look at the only tree-like cactus in the U.S. You’ll be surprised by the size! Comfortable walking shoes and water are recommended.
November 29           11:00 a.m.                     Saguaro Time Hike            Guided Hike
What was it like to live in a Cactus Forest?   What do people do in this valley today?   And what about an uncertain future?  Explore all three eras on a short hike to the Loma Verde Copper Mine historic site. Comfortable walking shoes and water are recommended.    


Both visitor centers are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except Christmas Day.


Red Hills Visitor Center (Saguaro WEST)
2700 North Kinney Road 
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 733-5158 

Rincon Mountain Visitor Center (Saguaro EAST)
3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, AZ 85730
(520) 733-5153
For more information about Saguaro National Park and some of its partners, Friends of Saguaro National Park, Western National Parks Association, and the Rincon Institute, visit these websites:


Last updated: October 30, 2018

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