Tucson Volkssport Walking Klub
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK YEAR-ROUND WALK
AVA EVENT NUMBER: Y1309. One event. Note: you may receive IVV event credit once a day for this walk. You may receive IVV distance credit every time you do the walk. Note: there are three 10 km. trail options; however, only one event credit.
From I-10 at Kolb Road exit North, continue North on Kolb Road approx. 11 miles, to Tanque Verde Road (Circle K on right). Turn right (North) on Tanque Verde Road. The Comfort Suites will be on the left (North), approx. 3/4 mile.
See map below.
PROCEDURE: At the Hotel Registration desk identify yourself as a walker. Ask for the registration box, take out the notebook and follow the instructions.
START/FINISH LOCATION: The walk begins at the Saguaro National Park-East Visitor Center which is an 11-mile drive southeast of the Comfort Suites. The gate for the visitor Center parking area is open daily, 7 am. to sunset.
Here is a map of Saguaro National Park-East.
NOTE: ENTRANCE FEE: there is a $3.00 per person fee to walk in the National Park beyond the Visitor Center. There is no entrance fee for the two alternate walk routes.
START/FINISH TIMES: You may participate in this walk any day of the year between sunup and sundown. During the hot summer months - when it is over 100 degrees! - it is advisable to do this walk in the early morning, and to carry 1 to 2 quarts of water and wear sunglasses and a hat. There is no shade along the walk.
DISTANCE: 10 km.
The alternate walk route is entirely on dirt desert hiking trails within the Park with some rocky, hilly areas. It offers an even greater variety of desert scenery and opportunities for viewing plants and animals. Trail rating: 3.
A variety of Sonoran Desert plants may be seen along the trails, including: Giant Saguaro, Barrel, Cholla, Fishhook, Hedgehog, and Pricklypear cactus; Paloverde and Mesquite trees; Ocotillo; Jojoba; Acacia; Sotol; Yucca; Mormon Tea; and Creosote Bush. Depending on the time of year, you may see flowering Brittlebush, Desert Marigold, Desert Mallow, and other wildflowers.
Visit Saguaro National Park in Vintage Postcards.
WATER & RESTROOMS: Water and restrooms are only available at the Start/Finish Point. No water is available along the trail. During the hot summer months when temperatures may be 100 degrees plus, it is advisable to carry 1 to 2 quarts of water and wear sunglasses and a hat. There is no shade along the route.
AWARD: This year there is no special award ("A" award) for these events. A nice selection of awards from previous events ("B" awards) depicting desert flora and fauna and historic sites will be available.
IVV Credit only is $3.00.
You may walk for free if credit or award is not desired, but you must register and complete a start card.
You may do this walk one additional time the same day at no additional charge.
THIS WALK QUALIFIES FOR THESE AVA SPECIAL AWARD PROGRAMS:
-- Animal Safari.
-- Cities in Song.
-- Honoring Our Flag.
-- Trekking With the Trees.
-- Walking the Old Spanish Trail.
-- Walking the USA, A - Z.
A FUN OPTION...
For an "eventful" and fun-filled day, try doing the 31 Km. Year-Round Bike Ride and the 10 Km. Saguaro National Park Walk together. The turn-around point for the bike ride is at the National Park Visitor Center which is the startpoint for the 10 km. walk. So, you can bike ride from the Comfort Suites to Saguaro National Park, park your bike and do the 10 km. walk, and then ride your bike back to the finish point.
DISCLAIMER: The sponsor or the American Volkssport Association are not liable for accidents, thefts, and/or material damage. Every effort has been made by the sponsors to make this a safe and enjoyable walk.
LETTERBOXING: For those active in Letterboxing there is a webbox site very near the route of this walk.
ELIGIBILITY: This walk is open to everyone. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an
adult. Pets are not allowed on National Park trails.
WEATHER: Check here for weather conditions in Tucson.
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