Saguaro National Park


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Saguaro National Park,

91,443 acres (37,021 hectares), SE Ariz. Contained within the desert park are many examples of the saguaro cactus (Cereus giganteus), a monumentally proportioned, now rare species whose blossom is Arizona's state flower. Also growing in the park are other types of cacti and a variety of desert flora. The area was proclaimed a national monument in 1933 and became a national park in 1994. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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Saguaro National Park

Address:3693 S Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, AZ 85730

Phone:520-733-5100
Fax:520-733-5183
Web: www.nps.gov/sagu/
Size: 91,440 acres.
Established: Proclaimed a national monument on March 1, 1933; transferred from Forest Service on August 10, 1933. Wilderness designated on October 20, 1976. Redesignated a national park on October 14, 1994.
Location:Park consists of two districts: the Tucson Mountain District or Saguaro West, and the much larger Rincon Mountain District or Saguaro East. The two areas, separated by the city of Tucson, Arizona, are 30 miles apart.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Backcountry camping, hiking, bicycling, auto touring, guided walks, environmental education programs.
Special Features:Giant saguaro cacti, unique to the Sonoran Desert, cover the valley floor and rise into the neighboring Rincon and West Tucson mountains. Five biotic life zones are represented here, from desert to ponderosa pine forest.

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ARRIVE IN ARIZONA For a bike tour that taKos off horn Tucson and travels through the Saguaro National Park, where cacti can reach 50 feet high and 250 years old.
For example, Saguaro National Park works with University of Arizona researchers on the management of buffel grass, an invasive species that may be favored by climate change.
That first morning ride took us into breathtaking scenery - weaving between the massive cacti and across dried-up river beds with the dramatic mountains on one side and the Saguaro National Park on the other.
Powell et al., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/ 1075/), the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, which includes most of the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, had a long history of previous study (e.g., Marshall, 1956; Bowers and McLaughlin, 1987; Davis and Sidner, 1992; Lowe, 1992).
Two years ago, rangers at Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, were shocked to find 17 of the park's namesake cactuses missing.
The primary objective is deterrence, but the chips would also aid in tracking down and identifying stolen saguaros, said Bob Love, chief ranger at southern Arizona's Saguaro National Park.
At Saguaro National Park in Arizona, invasive plant species are wreaking havoc on the iconic cacti for which the park is named.
The main attraction in the area is the Saguaro National Park, split into two areas to the east and west of Tucson.
In 1996 the mine area was absorbed into the Saguaro National Monument, now the Saguaro National Park. Its existence, close to residential areas, had come to be regarded as a thorn in the side of environmentalists and anti-mining interests in the state.