Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Deer Head Fire
For the safety of hikers and campers, some trail and campground closures have been enacted. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed. 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.
Did You Know?
The saguaro cactus only grows naturally in the Sonoran Desert. There are approximately 1.6 million individual saguaro plants growing within Saguaro National Park.