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, www.nps.gov/sagu, or visit us on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Be sure to call in advance to make your reservations, as some events require them.
Naturalist Programs at Tucson Mountain District (West District):
Mar. 11, 25 9:45 a.m. Bird Walk 30 minutes plus optional additional 30 minutes, 1/2 mile
Join us for a 30-minute walk in the sandy wash behind the Visitor Center to see what birds live among the cacti and shrubs. Learn how they find food, water and shelter. Participants interested in more will drive 2 miles to Sus Picnic area with its rocky canyon and hills for another 30-minute walk to see what wrens, hawks and other birds live there. The walk is on sand and dirt roads. No reservations required. All ages are invited.
Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 9:45 a.m. The Plants Tell All Walk: 2 hours, 1 1/2 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. No reservations required.
Mar. 5, 12, 19 9:45 a.m. Thirsty Mammals Hike: 1 hour, 3/4 mile
Sonoran Desert mammals are seldom seen, but they are present in great diversity and numbers. Where are they? How do they survive in the desert climate? Come along to learn the answers. No reservations required.
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27 2:15 p.m. What is the Reason for the Saguaro Fruit Harvest? Talk: 30 min
For over a hundred years the Tohono O’odham have harvested the saguaro fruit every summer. Come participate in a cultural experience and learn about this enriching tradition. Wheelchair accessible.
Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25 3:15 p.m. Cooking With Prickly Pear Talk: 30 minutes
Learn how you can incorporate prickly pear into your diet. This program will show you how to collect and prepare prickly pear. Prepare for a sweet treat! Wheelchair accessible
Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25 10:15 a.m.; March 10, 17, 24 3:15 p.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.
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27 3:15 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
Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 9:00 a.m. Douglas Spring Hike Guided Hike
Come explore the sights along the Douglas Spring Trail, including Bridal Wreath Falls (will there be water?) and Wildhorse Tank. This is 5-mile, 4-hour hike. Sturdy hiking shoes, water and a trail snack are recommended.
March 3 5:30 p.m.; March 31 6 p.m. Sunset Hike Guided Hike
Join a park guide to take a short hike up to a rocky overlook of the Tucson Basin. Nature will determine how good the sunset is, but bring your camera just in case it’s a famous Arizona sundown!
March 4, 11 5:00 p.m.; March 18, 25 5:30 p.m. Closing Time at the Ridge View Trail Guided Hike
Join park staff to hike up the Ridge View Trail to watch and capture the sunset. Water and a flashlight are required on this1.8 mile hike, roughly 2 hours. Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153.
March 5, 12, 19, 26 9:30 a.m. Cristate Crusaders Guided Hike
Admire and discover 4 of the most assessable crested saguaros off the Cactus Forest Loop. The tour will take 2 hours, including 2 miles of hiking. Comfortable walking shoes and water are recommended.
March 7, 14, 21, 28 11:00 a.m. History of the Rincon Valley Guided Hike
Take a stroll down the Hope Camp and Ridge View Trails and learn about the homesteaders and ranchers who settled here, as well as other aspects of the Rincon and Tanque Verde Valleys. Comfortable walking shoes and water are recommended.
March 8 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
March 15 5:30 p.m. Desert Night Hike Guided Hike
Join park staff to experience the desert at night on this 3-mile, 3-hour hike on an easy to moderate trail. Sturdy walking shoes, water and a flashlight are recommended. Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153.
March 22, 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.
March 29 5:30p.m. Almost Full Moon Hike Guided Hike
Enjoy Saguaro National Park on this almost full moon night. This ais a moderate 3-mile, 3-hour hike on the Douglas Spring Trail. Sturdy hiking shoes, water and a flashglight are recommended. Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153.
March 30 4:30 p.m. Sunset & Moonrise Hike Guided Hike
View the Arizona sunset from a perch high in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains, then experience the magic of a walk through the moonlit Cactus Forest. Sturdy hiking shoes, water and a trail supper are recommended. Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153.
Both visitor centers are open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, except Christmas Day.
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:
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