In 2015, with the help of $180,000 in support from Friends of Saguaro National Park, Saguaro National Park replaced the 55-year old interpretive exhibits in the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center with new, bilingual exhibits to help visitors understand the story of Saguaro National Park and appreciate the connection between people and place. Unlike the (newer) Red Hills Visitor Center in the Tucson Mountain District, the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center has no outdoor interpretive space- where rangers can provide interpretive talks to visitors and school groups.
In 2017, with the help of $65,000 in support from Friends of Saguaro National Park, Saguaro National Park began designing the 2,500 square foot, year-round, fully accessible, outdoor program space next the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center. The space will include a hardened surface, accessible benches, a shade structure and an educational donor mural created by local artist Gail T. Roberts.
The outdoor space will be used for daily interpretive programs, special events, demonstrations and educational programs. The “outdoor classroom” will also provide the park’s 1 million annual visitors with spectacular views of the Rincon Mountains that are not visible from any other location within the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center building.
The Grand Opening ceremony is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Monday, October 14th at Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain Visitor Center (3693 S Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ 85730). The ceremony will include the debut performance of “Among the Saguaros” composed by Katy Webster and performed by the Southwest String Quartet.