The seasonal pronghorn closure has been suspended this year on all lands EXCEPT a section of the Barry M. Goldwater WEST. From Tule Well northeast along Christmas Pass the road is open for approximately five miles, ending at the refuge's north boundary.
This will effect Refuge Visitors using Christmas Pass Road because no entrance or exit via Tacna at the north entrance will be allowed from March 15 - July 15, 2015. Please check back to this website for updates or contact the refuge for the latest information on the closure.Download the map of the closure here.
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Feeding on the saguaro’s nectar and fruit, the endangered lesser long-nosed bat helps pollinate and spread the saguaro seed. The bats are able to reach deep into the cactus’ blossoms using their elongated, narrow snouts. Their hairy heads get covered with the pollen and as the bats fly from cactus to cactus, they transfer pollen to other saguaro blossoms – pollination occurs! For this and other reasons, lesser long-nosed bats play an extremely important role in maintaining healthy deserts.