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Holiday Caravan at Saguaro National Park East

December 29, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Free With Paid Admission

Continuing a holiday tradition, Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountain District (East) will open the Cactus Forest Loop Drive for special starlight driving tours on the evening of Friday, December 29th. Park rangers will lead a series of 90-minute tours beginning at 5:30pm and continuing every 30 minutes after that, with the last tour at 8:00pm. Visitors will drive their own cars on the tour, which includes a short walk (1/4 mile) on a fully accessible trail. Space is limited on all programs and advance reservations are required. Reservations are accepted by telephone at (520) 733-5153, or in person at the visitor center at 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail (approximately 3 miles east of Houghton Road).

These tours are a perfect way to connect family and friends to the natural world of the desert at this festive time of year. This year’s “Holiday Caravan” will focus on the natural history and human lore of the winter solstice. At overlooks along the way, tour leaders will explore the holiday significance of dark, star-filled skies over the park’s wilderness, the symbolism of evergreen plants in the winter season, and the importance of park wildlife in celebrating the world of the saguaro cactus.

Refreshments and activities will be available for participants at the visitor center before and after each tour, as well as the opportunity to browse the Western National Parks Association gift shop. If you’ve not been out recently, this is a great time to look inside a saguaro, or enjoy short park science videos, in the exhibit room.

Participants should carry their own water and snacks in the car, bring a flashlight for use at stops, and dress for the night’s weather, as the program will run rain or star-shine. Programs are suited to all age levels and physical abilities. There is no charge for the program, but regular park entrance fees of $25 per vehicle apply (good for seven days at both districts.) The Saguaro and Interagency Annual (including Military and 4th Grader passes) and Lifetime (Senior, Veteran, Golden Age, and Access) passes will be honored for entrance. 


December 29, 2023
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Free With Paid Admission
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Saguaro National Park East
3693 S Old Spanish Trl
Tucson, AZ 85730 United States
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