Fall Notes

From our SMEEC Interpretive Guide, Tarah Rider Berry

Fall is here, and our new hours have begun! SMEEC is now open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. We are still a great destination for the early crowd of hikers, walkers and bikers after enjoying the desert in the morning.
As our regular visitors know, the sights and sounds on our Judith Tunell Trail, and all throughout the preserve, are ever changing. Recently, we’ve seen the Desert Senna and several Saguaro cactus flowers continue to bloom – not to mention the daily sightings of roadrunners, antelope squirrels and rock squirrels.
One staple of our Judith Tunell Trail is the large number of giant Saguaros that visitors can see. Some regular users become very familiar with individual Saguaros, and we often hear stories about their favorites. There are two saguaros in particular right now on our Judith Tunell Trail that provide excellent learning opportunities to better understand the inner structure of a Saguaro! Come in and talk to us about these two giants and where to find them on your walk.
Our new schedule is available, so we encourage you to pick one up in person. Come in to talk trails, see our native wildlife, hear stories, cool off, go on a guided walk, pick up a special gift or plan a day in the park. We look forward to seeing you!