June happenings in Saguaro National Park

(Source: National Park Service)(Source: National Park Service)

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):


June. 6, 13, 20, 27   10:15 a.m.   Mountain Lions: Beyond the Myth     Talk: 45 minutes
Envision a puma stalking its prey, then uncover the true nature of this elusive but essential predator. Misunderstood, maligned, and nearly eradicated by settlers, the cougar remains threatened by human encroachment. Wheelchair accessible

June. 8, 15, 22, 29   2:15 p.m.    Lizards are Hot, Lizards are Cool   Talk: 30 minutes
Lizards are small denizens of the desert that are a critical component of our desert community. Find out what it means when they do pushups or exhibit other odd behaviors. Wheelchair accessible

June. 10, 17, 24   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

June. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30   10:15 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

June. 5, 12, 19, 26, 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

June. 7, 14, 21, 28  11:15 a.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

June. 9, 23  7:00 a.m. Stroll Among the Saguaros    Walk: 2 hours, 1.5 miles
Join a park ranger for a gorgeous morning walk and discover the many species of desert plants (and animals, if they appear) that adapt and thrive in this unique environment. This easy walk; goes down a gentle grade and returns up a sandy wash. Closed-toe shoes, a hat, a snack and water are required. Ages 8 and older. Reservations required; 733-5158

Naturalist Programs at the Rincon Mountain District (East, 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail):


June 15, 29   3:00 p.m. Creating Saguaro National Park    Presentation
Saguaro National Park has a unique and interesting history. This theater presentation will highlight the commitment, compromise, and decisions that created the Park. Accessible program

June 9, 16, 23, 30   1:00 p.m. The Point of the Matter is Cactus   Presentation
Cacti are uniquely equipped to thrive in the desert environment and every year bloom with spectacular flowers. We will look at the ones in Saguaro NP using a stunning photo gallery and learn a few of their uses for those living here and beyond. Accessible Program

June 8, 22   3:00 p.m. A Century of Tales   Presentation
Join us as we review a century of fun and interesting stories from those who lived and worked in what today is Saguaro National Park. Accessible Program

June 26   2:00 p.m. When It Rains, It Pours   Presentation
The life-saving rains of the Sonoran Desert can be fickle. Join us to explore the how’s and why’s of our monsoon season. Accessible Program

June 26, 29   10:00 a.m. Desert Botany 101   Garden Walk
Join a park naturalist on this fitness hike to explore scenic Saguaro National Park. Sturdy hiking shoes, water and a trail snack are recommended. Accessible program

June 27   7:00p.m.  Full Moon Hike 2-mile, 2-hour   Guided Hike
Explore the Sights and Sounds of the Sonoran Desert as it comes to life under the full moon. Sturdy walking shoes, water and a flashlight are recommended. Reservations are required. Call the Visitor Center at (520) 733-5153.

June 27   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

June 30   10:00 a.m.  Easy Being Green Garden   Walk
In the desert, you’d think it’s not easy being green. But there are plants everywhere in the Sonoran desert! We’ll give you a model that shows how every plant survives in this land of little rain. Accessible program
Both visitor centers are open daily from 9 am to 5 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: