Saguaro National Park
41 mi 67 km of trail — 0 Featured Rides
Saguaro National Park is home to the giant saguaro, a universal symbol of the American west and the nation's largest cacti. Only found in a small portion of the U.S., these majestic behemoths are preserved in the desert landscape of the park. Visitors have the chance to see these enormous cacti in the two districts of Saguaro National Park which are separated by Tucson's 1 million residents. The Rincon Mountain District to the east and the Tucson Mountain District to the west are approximately 30 miles (45-60 minutes) apart. The Tucson Mountain District boasts large stands of saguaro cactus creating a magnificent saguaro forest, whereas the Rincon Mountain District hosts a breathtaking sky island, where you can find cougars, bears, and the ever elusive coati. Combined, the two districts offer more than 165 miles of trails for visitors to explore.
To learn more about Saguaro National Park, visit www.nps.gov.
The peak season for the park ranges from late fall to early spring, when the temperatures are more moderate ranging from the low 50's to high 70's. The summer season from late spring to early fall tends to be less busy, and visitors should come prepared for hot and dry conditions with temperatures ranging from the mid-80's to lower 100's. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection if visiting during the hotter months.
Fees & Passes
- Private Vehicle: $10 for 7 days
- Motorcycle: $10 for 7 days
- Per Person: $5 for 7 days
- Saguaro National Park pass: $35 per year
- Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
To learn more about park fees, click here.
Camping & Lodging
Camping is allowed at the six designated campgrounds within the Saguaro Wilderness Area located in the Rincon Mountain District. A permit is required for all overnight stays, and the fee for this permit is $8 per campsite, per night. All campsites are hike-in only. To learn more about camping in the park, visit the park's website.
- Manning Camp: 6 sites, $8 per campsite, per night.
- Spud Rock Spring: 3 sites, $8 per campsite, per night.
- Happy Valley Saddle: 3 sites, $8 per campsite, per night.
- Juniper Basin: 3 sites, $8 per campsite, per night.
- Douglas Spring: 3 sites, $8 per campsite, per night.
There is no lodging located within the park. Visitors looking to extend their stay have a variety of lodging options in the conveniently located city of Tucson.
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Areas Within Saguaro National Park
Trails in Saguaro National Park - 3
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2.6 mi 4.1 km#1 Cactus Forest Trail
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