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Camping in Saguaro Wilderness Area

Camping is allowed at six designated campgrounds within the Saguaro Wilderness Area. These campgrounds are located throughout the wilderness area and a permit is required for all overnight stays. The fee for this permit is $6.00 per campsite, per night. Refunds for canceled camping permits are not given for any reason. However, you may reschedule your trip within two months. Golden Age and Golden Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on camping fees. Please include your pass number on the permit application when mailing or faxing in requests. The maximum number of people allowed per campsite is six. The maximum size of any group is 18 persons.

Douglas Spring, Grass Shack, Juniper Basin, Happy Valley Saddle and Spud Rock Spring Campgrounds each have a total of three campsites. Manning Camp Campground has six campsites.

Campground Elevation
Manning Camp 8,000 feet
Spud Rock Spring 7,400 feet
Happy Valley Saddle 6,200 feet
Juniper Basin 6,000 feet
Grass Shack 5,300 feet
Douglas Spring 4,800 feet

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Snow on the spines of a Saguaro Cactus

Even though the Sonoran Desert is known as very hot and dry place, snow sometimes falls and accumulates on the desert floor of Saguaro National Park. When it does it turns the desert into a winter wonderland. More...