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  • Tucson Mountain District Roads Closed Due to Flash Flooding

    Several interior roads, including the scenic loop, are closed in Tucson Mountain District (west) due to severe storms and flash flooding on August 26th. Roads will remain closed until further notice. Check the park's facebook page for updated information More »

  • Labor Day Run - Rincon Mountain District Road Closure - Sept. 1st

    Due to the Annual Labor Day Run, Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District Loop Drive will be closed from 4:00am to approx 10:30am on Sept. 1, 2014. Please be advised of vehicle congestion along roadsides when approaching the park during this time. More »

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

Did You Know?


"Don't call ME pig!" Javelinas are able to eat spiny prickly pear pads with no obvious harm to their mouths, stomachs or intestinal tracts due to an enzyme in their saliva. Javelinas are not true pigs, they are peccaries, which are native to the Americas. True pigs are native to Europe and Asia. Wild pigs and boars are descended from true pigs brought over on boats to the new world.