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 »
Permits are required for:
Information about our backcountry can be found in the Wilderness Brochure, along with the permit on the last page of the brochure.
Special Use Permits
Saguaro National Park is home to many beautiful landscapes which make it a popular place for weddings and special events.
Visit this page to learn how to schedule facilities and obtain a permit for weddings, special events, First Amendment activities, and the scattering of cremation ashes.
Filming/ Photography Permits
Filming permits are required and are issued for photography, filming, and associated sound recording when they involve props, models, professional crews, and casts or set dressings.
Scientific Research Permits
All studies in Saguaro National Park, large or small, must have their own Research & Collecting Permit.
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Visit this pageto learn how to obtain a research permit. Proposal and review processes require approximately 90 days.
A Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) is a permit that authorizes suitable commercial services for park visitors within Saguaro National Park. The term of a CUA may not exceed 2 years and no preferential right of renewal or similar provisions for renewal may be provided.
Did You Know?
Many of the plants of the Sonoran Desert are not only edible, they are great sources of nutrition, including the buds of the staghorn cholla which is a great source of calcium and magnesium.