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SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTERS CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY, NOV. 22ND Tucson, AZ – This Thanksgiving Day, both Red Hills (west) and Rincon (east) Visitor Centers at Saguaro National Park will be closed so that staff can celebrate their own Thanksgiving holiday traditions. The park will remain open on Thursday, access to all trails and drives will be available however, no guided hikes or programs will be offered. The Western National Parks Association park stores, inside both visitor centers will also be closed. Recognizing the importance of work-life balance for park staff in national parks, Superintendent Leah McGinnis noted, “Thanksgiving is a day traditionally filled with food, family and friends. We wanted to ensure our park staff had a day to celebrate with their own family.” Both visitor centers will resume normal operations again on Friday, November 23 and Saguaro National Park staff will be ready to help any visitor who is looking for a healthy way to burn off turkey calories by opting outside. Saguaro East district will host a Cactus Caravan program at 2pm on Friday, come out and cruise the historic loop drive. On November 24th, at 2pm, join us for the Drive-Thru Geology Auto Tour, where will journey through 25 million years of earth history…in one hour, and on Sunday, November 25 at 10am join park staff for the Giant Cactus Guided Walk, comfortable walking shoes and water are required. Saguaro West district is hosting a guided hike at 10:15 and Creepy Crawlers in the Red Hills Visitor Center at 2:15 on Saturday, November 24, and Cooking With Prickly Pear at 3:15 on Sunday, November 25 in the Red Hills Visitor Center. For more information about program offerings and things to do in the park, visit www.nps.gov/sagu Thanks to all of you, and Happy Thanksgiving!