Wilderness Exploration Camp

A group of children and a ranger walk with camping gear on a dirt trail in the desert.
Junior Rangers

NPS photo

Saguaro National Park's Tucson Mountain District (West), located at 2700 North Kinney Road, offers 2 three-day Wilderness Exploration Day Camps for young people 11 to 14 years old.

The camp offers a variety of fun, hands-on activities such as hiking, exploring, map and compass reading, learning how a GPS helps you navigate through the desert, checking caves and burrows for tortoises and Gila Monsters, and an exhilarating night hike through the magic of the desert after dark. Participants will also learn how to pick a camp site, pitch a tent, cook with a backpack stove, understand hiking safety, and Leave No Trace land use ethics. A high value is also placed on unstructured down time as well where participants chat, eat, and snooze at their "campsite". The camp finishes around a campfire, sharing stories of the adventures discovered during the camp. The three-day experience is structured to encourage young people to explore the desert, learn about nature, and have fun in the great outdoors. The ultimate goal is to provide young people with a sense of stewardship for not only National Parks, but for nature and the environment on a global scale as well.

Every evening 30 minutes before pick up we will have a camp fire, hot chocolate, and marshmallows for roasting available while you wait for your child. The view is beautiful, the starts are plentiful, and coyotes may be howling. If you have day care concerns, or need flexible drop off/pickup times, please let us know. Camp fees are $40.00 per child and are held over winter break and Rodeo Break. Space is limited. Reservations are required.

2016 Rodeo Break Wilderness Camp

December 28-30, 2016
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

February 23-25, 2016
Thursday: 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm

Please fill out the following forms and mail to Chip Littlefield by Friday, February 19, 2016:

-Wilderness Camp Registration Form
-Parent Approval & Medical Authorization Form

Please read the Camp Information, Rules & Safety before attending camp.

Printable directions to "The Overlook"

Please feel free to contact Ranger Chip Littlefield at 733-5157 or e-mail us.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3693 S Old Spanish Rd
Tucson , AZ 85730


(520) 733-5153
Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District (East) Visitor Center

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