Saguaro National Park Reopened Today

Some good news from our friends at Saguaro National Park:

Saguaro National Park is pleased to announce that it has reopened to visitors today, following the federal government shutdown due to a lapse in appropriations.

"We are happy to be back working to serve the American people and welcoming visitors back to their park," according to Darla Sidles, Superintendent of Saguaro National Park.  "We are proud to be a member of the Tucson community and grateful to again contribute towards the prosperity and rich history of this unique region."

Both district gates were opened early this morning welcoming early hikers, walkers and bicyclists.  All internal roads, including the Cactus Forest Loop Drive in the Rincon Mountain District (east) and picnic areas, including Signal Hill in the Tucson Mountain District (west) are open for use.   All trailheads and trails are also open for visitors.

The Rincon Mountain Visitor Center (east) and Red Hills Visitor Center (west) are open from 9am to 5pm.  As usual, the park will close to vehicle traffic at sunset tonight and will reopen regular time tomorrow. We will work with our education partners to reschedule as many cancelled education programs for Tucson classrooms as possible.   Ranger led programs will resume this weekend as scheduled.

Please visit for additional information or call the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center at 733-5153 or the Red Hills Visitor Center at 733-5158.

We are glad to be back.

Violet Turaco Chicks Hatched at Reid Park Zoo: The City’s Reid Park Zoo has announced the hatching of two baby violet turaco chicks. Both of the parents took part in incubating the two hatchlings for about 25 days. The chicks were born with black and brown feathers. This species of bird can be found in Central Africa in a variety of habitats. In the wild, the birds have a crown of red feathers on their head, purple feathers on their body and a bright orange and yellow beak. Zoo visitors can now see these birds up-close in the Flight Connection walk-through aviary.

KVOA has the story.