Saguaro National Park reopens
After a 16-day closure due to the federal government shutdown, workers reopened the gates of Saguaro National Park early Thursday morning. "We are happy to be back working to serve the American people and welcoming visitors back to their park," park Superintendent Darla Sidles said in a news release.
"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," park spokesman Andy Fisher said.
The park will resume its normal schedule, closing to vehicles at sunset, Fisher said.
"Ranger-led programs will resume this weekend as scheduled," he said, and the park will "work with our education partners to reschedule as many cancelled education programs for Tucson classrooms as possible."