Saguaro Nat'l Park to waive entrance fee Sat.
Saturday could be a good day to enjoy the great outdoors when Saguaro National Park will waive its $10 entrance fee.
The park is among the country's 397 national parks that will be celebrating National Get Outdoors Day with free admission, said Natalie Luna Rose, spokeswoman for Saguaro National Park.
Those who choose to take advantage of the park Saturday are reminded to enjoy the outdoors safely due to heat hazards in Southern Arizona. Outdoor activities this time of year can increase the risk of heat exhaustion and the park suggests limiting visits to morning and late afternoon and to bring plenty of water.
The sale of disposable plastic water bottles was banned from the park in March, but there are water-filling stations located at each visitor center and at the Rincon Mountain district bike ramada. Refillable bottles can be purchased at the visitors centers.
Saturday is expected to be sunny with a high temperature around 99 degrees at the park, according to the National Weather Service.
“Outdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and Saguaro National Park is a great place to get out and explore our many trails and programs,” said park Superintendent Darla Sidles in a press release. “I do strongly encourage all visitors to enjoy our public lands but also urge caution for sun exposure and high temperatures. We want everyone to have a safe and fun Get Outdoors Day.”
This will be the fifth year for National Get Outdoors Day, Luna Rose said.
The park also will waive its entrance fee on Sept. 29 for National Public Lands Day and from Nov. 10 to 12 for Veterans Day weekend, she said.
An annual pass for the park costs $25 and one that can be used at all national parks is $80. Active duty military can receive a free annual pass to the nation's parks.
Saguaro National Park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the park's website.