Saguaro National Park Warnings and Dangers

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    Abandoned Mines!

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 6, 2013

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    The area does have abandoned mines. Some are covered with warnings but you may come across one that is not. Do not go in these mines! They can collapse and many rodents live inside.

    The sign below was not facing the trail strangely enough. I had to walk to the other side on unstable grade to see what it said. Somebody wasn't thinking when they but it up. This is the Gould mine in the west district.

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    Jumping Cholla!

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 27, 2013

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    Teddy Bear Cholla
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    These plants are all over the desert southwest. They can be found along trails. They seem to just jump out at you and stick to clothing and skin! The barbs are small and very sharp. If you are wearing a light ventilated hiking shoe, the barb will go through this and right into your skin.

    If you do happen to have a pod of this annoying plant attach itself to you, do not try and remove with your hand or try to protect yourself with an article of clothing. The best way is to find two sticks and pinch the pod and pull.

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    Montain Lions!

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 27, 2013

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    I have done a lot of hiking in the desert at all times of the day. Not all trail heads have warning, but some do. These signs are posted in the East district and the Rincon Mountains. Mountain Lions mostly come out in the evening to feed or early morning hours before the heat of the day. I have on occasion hiked at night with a headlamp to escape the heat of the day as well.

    If you see a mountain lion, do not run! This is how the mountain lion eats, by hunting and running down prey. Believe me your not going to out run one anyway. Stand your ground, stare right at the lion and make plenty of noise. If attacked, fight back, don't play dead!

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    Water~water~water

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    Although we had brought plenty of water, we went through it pretty quick since it was so hot, around 111. Every time we came upon shade, we sat and took it easy. We had been spending all day in the sun and at times our bodies reminded us we needed those breaks with plenty of water to drink.

    2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85743

    Westbound: exit I-10 at 29th Street, take the frontage road north to Speedway Blvd and turn left. After 12 miles, turn right onto Kinney Road. In about 2.5 miles, the Desert Museum will be on your left.

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    Sunscreen Dispensers

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    I thought this was so thoughful of the museum to provide their guest of much needed sunscreen before you went on adventure in the park. They had put these in all of the bathrooms. I took advantage of this and made sure my family was coated in sunscreen.

    2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85743

    Westbound: exit I-10 at 29th Street, take the frontage road north to Speedway Blvd and turn left. After 12 miles, turn right onto Kinney Road. In about 2.5 miles, the Desert Museum will be on your left.

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    Umbrella's~To help with the heat of the day!

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 4, 2011

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    The park provides umbrellas for guest to help keep you shaded from the harsh suns rays. The umbrella's are at the front of entrance. We took advantage of it since the temps were around 111.

    2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85743

    Westbound: exit I-10 at 29th Street, take the frontage road north to Speedway Blvd and turn left. After 12 miles, turn right onto Kinney Road. In about 2.5 miles, the Desert Museum will be on your left.

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    Africanized Honeybees

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    SAGUARO  NATIONAL  PARK

    Watch for bees. They can sting you or your pet.
    Africanized honeybees are more aggressive than European honeybees. If attacked... run away and cover your head and face with clothes first.
    More: follow the link below.

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    Afternoon thunderstorm

    by mht_in_la Written Apr 18, 2004

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    Clouds gathering

    Tucson area is usually hot and dry, but I did experience a quick afternoon thunderstorm during my short stay. In the photo taken in King Canyon you can see clouds gathering. It made the sky more interesting to photograph.

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    Things To Remember When Hiking

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Mar 14, 2004

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    A Teddy Bear Cactus Protecting a Bird���s Nest

    When hiking you should carry at least one gallon of water per person, per day. Watch for cactus and other prickly plants as well as dangerous wildlife such as rattlesnakes, scorpions, or Gila monsters. Be especially carefully around the many cholla cacti, as with just the slightest touch, pieces of these cacti can break off and stick to you. Use two sticks, a pocket comb, tweezers, or other object to pull the cactus away from your skin. Do not place our hands or feet in places you ca not see. Stay on the established trails at all times, as it is easy to get lost. Also staying on the trails helps to protect the desert ecosystem. Remember that this is a place set aside to protect the plants and animals and you are a visitor to their homes. Observe, but do not disturb the ecosystem. If you look at the photo carefully, you will not only see the sharp spines of the Teddy Bear Cholla, but you will also see a birds nest nestled within the plant. Also if you visit during the rainy season remember that thunderstorms bring lightning and possible flash floods, which can be a real danger. To protect your self from these flash floods stay away from washes and other low-lying areas during rain storms. Also, if backpacking, be aware that the desert can become quite cold at night, so be prepared with warm sleeping bags.

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    No shadow for your car :-(((

    by matcrazy1 Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    RED  HILLS  VISITORS CENTER - PARKING LOT

    Whenever you park a car inside Saguaro National Park remember that there are no shadowed places for your car :-(((.
    So, when you come back to your car in a hot, sunny day be sure to get into real hell until your air-condition makes interior of your car colder.

    Some drivers put sunshades inside the car windshields to keep the car from getting too hot.

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    Don't buy a cactus

    by matcrazy1 Written Sep 10, 2003

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    CACTUS  STORE

    As I know importing any living plant to most countries is strictly forbidden. Why? Because of risk of transferring of various diseases, I suppose.
    So, check your homecountry rules before you decide to buy any cactus in a cactus store in front of Red Hills Visitor Center.

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    No food, gas and lodging

    by matcrazy1 Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    AT  SUS  PICNIC  AREA

    There are no provisional services, gasoline, lodging, tent or RV campgrounds available within the park.

    Don't forget to fuel your car before.
    Food? I had a tourist frige with me. Inside? Ice cubes :-))), beverages and sandwiches made by Ursula :-).
    Lodging? Look at my accommodations tips, please.

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    No pets allowed

    by matcrazy1 Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    IN  FRONT  OF  SONORA  DESERT  MUSEUM

    Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the backcountry, either on or off leash. It seems that they are allowed exclusively inside your car and in parking lots if leashed.
    Do not leave your lovely dog inside a car in hot/sunny day! The temperature inside can exceed the external temperature - often over 100F (37C) or even 110F (43C).

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    Watch for your soap :-)

    by matcrazy1 Written Sep 10, 2003

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    CACTI  -  SAGUARO  NATIONAL  PARK

    If you are in seperated area of the park called a Wilderness Area remember that... non-biodegradable soaps are prohibited. Do not wash directly in streams, springs or rock holes in order to avoid pollution.

    Hmm... are the biodegradable soaps specially marked in the USA? These ones I used at motels/hotelse were not.

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    Even if you are president of the USA!

    by matcrazy1 Written Sep 10, 2003

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    SENSITIVE  RESOURCE  AREA

    ALL visitor access in the Sensitive Resource Area near the Red Hills Visitors Center is very, very strictly forbidden.
    It seems that even if you are President of the USA you are NOT allowed to hike there! But if you are a park ranger...

    Btw did the President Bush visit this area? I am not sure about it, it seems he had a lot of desert areas and... bushes in his homestate Texas.

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