Saguaro - Western National Parks Association


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The nation’s largest cactus, the giant saguaro, finds protection east and west of the modern city of Tucson, part of the small portion of the United States where you can find these majestic plants. Wander among these enormous cacti, the universal symbol of the American West, in this Sonoran Desert preserve.

Saguaro Cacti, Saguaro National Park

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Saguaro National Park, located in Southern Arizona, preserves the Sonoran Desert landscape. Along with unique flora and fauna, the park protects its namesake, the Giant Saguaro Cacti. Broken into two separate sections, the Rincon Mountain District, and Tucson Mountain District, the park covers 92,000 acres. Many have visited this landscape, from the Hohokam to Spanish explorers, and even homesteaders. Today, this park is visited by outdoor enthusiast’s, who enjoy activities such as hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, and even wilderness camping.

Stories from Saguaro

Connectivity of Carnivore Populations between Arizona National Parks
Monitoring Elf Owls In and Near Saguaro National Park 2000-2002
Ecological Impact of Introduced Abert’s Squirrel
Since our founding in 1938

WNPA has provided more than

$136 million

in aid to our partner parks to fund educational programs, initiatives, and scientific research

Kids in Parks

National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.

Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist

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