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Saguaro National Park Bans Plastic Bottle Sales

March 26, 2012, 7:09 am
Saguaro National Park is banning the sale of disposable bottled water and soda in vending machines within the park. They join a number of parks and universities no longer selling products in plastic bottles. Saguaro conducted a thorough analysis of the potential impacts of eliminating the sale of disposable bottled ...

Hiking doesn't have to be hard -- Easy Hikes in Arizona

January 24, 2011, 10:30 am
LINDA VISTA TRAIL How easy: The trail - with a name that means "beautiful view" or "lovely vista" in Spanish - begins in Oro Valley and offers several short-hike options on connecting trail segments. It's easy to put together out-and-back hikes totaling a mile or so, or link segments into loops ...

Saguaro National Park offers year-round enjoyment

September 15, 2010, 6:47 am
Saguaro National Park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. It was first established in 1933 as a national monument; and in 1975, 71,400 acres west and east of Tucson were named the Saguaro Wilderness Area. In 1994, this area was designated as the ...

Experience Saguaro National Park

April 5, 2010, 6:30 am
Iconic 50-feet-tall cacti dot the landscape of Saguaro National Park (pronounced Sa-Wah-ro). The varied landscape is threatened by a tenacious, fire-resistant grass from Ethiopia. Scientists say the world's most diverse desert ecosystem may be at risk. Now is the time to savour – and even help protect – the unparalleled ...

Top Ten Warm Winter Getaways

December 17, 2009, 10:38 am
Our national parks are home to beaches, deserts and subtropical wildernesses—all of which make great vacation destinations during the cold winter months. If you’re tired of all the snow and in search for an escape from your cold weather blues, check these Top 10 Warm Winter Getaways. 1. Death Valley ...

Celebrate the Holidays in our Parks

December 17, 2009, 10:13 am
Here’s our roundup of holiday events at parks across the country.     Holiday Homecoming at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC          On Saturday, December 19, Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and the Mountain Farm Museum. Enjoy historical demonstrations and holiday music ...

Arizona men sentenced in saguaro theft

November 23, 2009, 6:28 am
Two Tucson men have been sentenced for stealing saguaros from Saguaro National Park. U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins sentenced 50-year-old Joseph Tillman to eight months in federal prison, while 42-year-old Gregory James McKee was sentenced to six months of home confinement and 100 hours of community service. Both then will be on supervised ...

Stay close this summer and visit a national park in Arizona

July 15, 2009, 7:45 am
The travel industry is starting show signs of a rebound. One trend is gaining in popularity quickly, that is trips close to home.These aren’t “staycations” though. These quick trips offer a true getaway, without emptying your bank account.Jim Prueter from AAA shared these Arizona destinations you don’t want to miss.There are ...

Saguaro National Park expansion moves ahead in

July 13, 2009, 7:40 am
A proposal to expand Saguaro National Park in Tucson by 975 acres cleared a congressional hurdle this week when it was recommended for passage by the House Committee on Natural Resources.The committee OK'd the bill by voice vote on Thursday. It would allow the National Park Service to purchase ...

Saguaro NP has new superintendent

June 3, 2009, 8:02 am
Darla Sidles, deputy superintendent of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, has been named superintendent of Saguaro National Park, according to Intermountain Regional Director Mike Snyder.Sidles is assuming her new position June 14."Darla brings to the job a strong understanding of natural and cultural resources management through her previous ...

Group Wants Your Vote for Saguaro National ParkTrail Project

May 13, 2009, 11:49 am
 The Arizona Trail Association is requesting help in winning a $50,000 grant for a trail project in Saguaro National Park-Rincon Mountain District.Through midnight May 31, citizens may vote twice daily among five national finalists for this Redwood Creek Greater Outdoors Project grant. Redwood Creek, a California winery, will give ...

Saguaro National Park Could Soon Have a Comprehensive Trails Plan

February 10, 2009, 8:01 am
A proposed trail management plan for the entire Saguaro National Park closes some trails and opens new ones to protect the desert landscape.  Some continue to watch closely with their comments ready for the final ...

Bill to Expand Boundaries of Saguaro National Park Is Introduced

January 28, 2009, 7:43 am
A bill to expand the boundaries of Saguaro National Park at the east and west units has been introduced by Rep. Raúl Grijalva.The legislation would provide permanent protection for the dwindling pristine areas of the Sonoran Desert around Tucson, Grijalva said ...

Full Slate of Activities this Month at Saguaro National Park

January 7, 2009, 12:09 pm
A series of programs are under way at Saguaro National Park. Explore the natural and cultural history of the park. Come along on a naturalist-led evening walk or join a local expert for a presentation in the visitor center. Programs will be offered at both districts. There is no ...

Parks Pick-Me-Up?

December 4, 2008, 12:00 pm
As our National Parks emerge from eight years of pinched budgets, drooping morale and dreadful political appointees, conservationists hope for a turnaround with the Obama administration--even amidst economically turbulent ...