Acadia National Park Avoiding Crowds in Our National Parks Bryce Canyon National Park Canyonlands National Park Death Valley National Park Dry Tortugas National Park Gateway Arch National Park Indiana Dunes National Park Joshua Tree National Park Pinnacles National Park Saguaro National Park White Sands National Park
When a national monument gains “national park” status, are they guaranteed to receive an immediate boost in attendance in the following years?
Is there such thing as a “National Park Effect?”
What will happen with attendance at the nation's newest National Parks in the next few years?
We attempt to answer the question.
Saguaro National Park is named after the giant cactus that are native to the Sonoran Desert. These impressive plants live as long as 150 years or more, and may take between 75-100 years to grow their first arm (if they grow one at all!).
This minimally visited park is located just about 2 hours south of Phoenix, yet it only draws around 800,000 visitors each year. Sure, this park is relatively small (just over 91,000 acres) and easily ranks in the bottom-half of parks by size. Though this park lacks in size, there is a great deal to do and explore.