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Hiking at Saguaro National Park

Hiking on the Freeman Homestead Trail

Freeman Homestead Trail hike

Laura Bolyard, NPS

Hiking & Backpacking

Saguaro National Park's two districts offer more than 165 miles (264 km) of hiking trails. A hike at Saguaro National Park can be a stroll on a short interpretive nature trail or a day-long wilderness trek. Both districts of Saguaro National Park offer a variety of hiking trails.
Check out Your Safety, and the hiking checklist and regulations to find out how to be prepared for hiking at Saguaro National Park.
There are special restrictions, and a permit is required to camp within the park. Camping is only allowed at the established backcountry sites. (See Wilderness Booklet for information on backpacking / camping.) There are no accommodations for any vehicle camping (including RV).

The Saguaro Wilderness Area

Looking for adventure? An extended hike into the rugged wilderness brings wonderful opportunities as well as challenges for the adventurous hiker. An overnight trip into Saguaro's wilderness can take you from 3,000' elevation to over 8,000' in about 15 miles. Hikes may be started from any of five trailheads ranging from the easy-to-access Douglas Spring Trailhead at the east end of Speedway Boulevard to the more remote Italian Spring Trailhead accessed through Reddington Pass on the adjacent Coronado National Forest.

The Saguaro Wilderness Area was officially designated as wilderness in 1976. This large, road less backcountry consists of 57,930 acres within the Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park. It is bounded on three sides by the 38,590 acre Rincon Mountain Wilderness Area, which lies within the Coronado National Forest.

Backcountry camping is available by permit. Please download the Wilderness Booklet for more information on backpacking. This booklet contains information you will need in order to start planning a backpacking trip here at Saguaro National Park. At the back of the booklet you will find an application for the permit that is required for overnight stay.

Hiking Checklist
Hiking Regulations
Trails brochure for Rincon Mtn. District (East)
Rincon Valley Area (East District)

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Did You Know?

Saguaro Blossoms

The saguaro blossom is the state flower of Arizona. In early summer, the Tohono O’odham people come to Saguaro National Park to harvest the saguaro fruit.