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A Celebration of National Park Week and Junior Ranger Day

Ever wonder what magical and mysterious happenings occur in the desert at night? Come explore the park after dark with your family, guided by Park Rangers, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the desert night by moonlight.

Starting before sunset, meet at our Education Center in Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain (West) District for a welcome and introduction. Here you’ll learn the fun that lies ahead and how to enjoy the exploration safely. Safety concerns will be addressed, water bottles will be filled, and off you go. The leisurely exploration will cover no more than a mile, round trip, and will be paced for everyone’s comfort. You’ll explore a sandy wash with unique red-rock outcroppings, find a cool place for sunset, listen for the magical call of the Elf owl, and walk in the paw prints of bobcats and coyotes. As darkness falls around you, rangers will share stories about nocturnal park life and answer all those curious questions about the park after dark. Walking back out, we’ll be guided by the light of the waxing half-moon. Headlamps are available for comfort and safety if needed.

·Saturday, April 20th from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Sunset is about 6:56 p.m. and full dark is about 7:45 p.m. There will be an almost ¾ waxing moon high in the sky after dark.

·The program is for families with children who are 7 to 18 years old. The terrain and conditions are not appropriate for younger children.

·The program is free, space is limited, and advanced reservations are required

·For detailed information, questions, or to sign up, please email chip_littlefield@nps.gov or, call at 520.733.5157

Night Walk at Saguaro National Park east

This easy, 2-hour walk provides opportunities for experiencing the desert at night. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water and a flashlight. Space is limited, so call the visitor center at (520) 733-5153 to reserve your spot.

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