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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

 

 

Location: Arizona   Map

Area: 91,440 acres

Activities: hiking, camping, horse riding

What to see: Sendero Esperanza Trail

 

 

 

Description of Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is located in Southern Arizona, USA. Saguaro National Park covers an area of 91,440 acres. In addition to picturesque desert landscape you can find many sites from the presence of the ancient people that once lived here. Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is named after giant saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) that is abundant here. Saguaro National Park protects large stretched of these plants that are found all over Sonoran Desert. Protected reserve is divided into two districts around Tucson, Arizona. One district (Rincon Mountain District) of Saguaro National Park is 20 miles (32 km) east of Tucson and another district (Tucson Mountain District) 15 miles (24 km) west.

 

Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro National Park)

One of the most interesting sites in Tucson Mountain District is a Signal Hill Picnic Area that is famous for hundreds of ancient petroglyphs left by ancient people. Additionally this part of Saguaro National Park has 5 designated areas for picnic and recreation.

 

Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro National Park)

This part of Saguaro National Park is famous for its homesteads and early farming settlements that were built in the late 19th and early 20th century. The best way to get here is by taking Freeman Homestead Trail. Additionally you can make your way to Rincon Mountain Saguaro Wilderness Area that is most famous for Manning Cabin that was constructed in 1905 by Levi Manning. He was one of the first mayors of Tucson in its early days. This part of Saguaro National Park is popular for its picturesque views of the Rincon Mountains. The best way to get here is by taking Cactus Forest Loop Drive that is accessible by both car and a bike.

 

 

 

Fees and permits

All private vehicles entering Saguaro National Park must pay a $10 entrance fee that is valid for seven days. Individuals on foot or bicycle must pay a $5 entrance fee, also valid for seven days.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Saguaro National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

 

 

 

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