As the snow continues to pile up in the Rockies, thoughts not surprisingly turn to warmer settings, and Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is a great place to explore in early spring. Wildflowers are coming up, temperatures are warming, but not too hot or too cold, and crowds seemingly have gone elsewhere.
Saguaro National Park
An investigation is ongoing to track down whoever hacked up nine saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park, including two that were estimated to be at least 150 years old.
With the winter months the high season for visitation at Saguaro National Park, you won't have to search long to find something to do in the park in February.
Here's a quick look at scheduled activities in Saguaro National Park in Arizona for the month of January:
Today's the day, folks. The last day of 2015, and the last day you can make a donation to the national park friends organization of your choice and claim a tax deduction if the group is a non-profit.
Growing up in the 1970s, I was unaware of the National Park Service, the system we refer to as the "national parks," or the job possibilities that included a career as a national park ranger. Friends of Saguaro National Park spent a lot of time this year working to inform younger generations of those possibilities.
A baker's dozen of quilts will be exhibited at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska as part of the celebration on the upcoming National Park Service Centennial.
Forests of tall saguaro cacti. Gila monsters and rattlesnakes. Javelinas. Both Sonoran desert and mixed conifer forest that climbs to more than 8,500 feet. That's a quick glimpse of what you'll find within Saguaro National Park in far south Arizona. And those are just some aspects of the park that Friends of Saguaro works to protect.