Cactus Forest Loop Road CLOSURE
The Cactus Forest Loop Road in Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District (east) will be closed March 10th and 11th from 5am to 8am. The Visitor Center Parking Lot will also be closed on March 11th from 5am to 8am for road striping. More »
Construction on roads in Tucson Mountain District may cause delays up to 30 mins
Starting February 3rd, work will begin to improve safety features along Picture Rocks Road, Sandario Road and Kinney Road. Work may cause delays up to 30 minutes and the work is scheduled to continue into March. More »
Faxing Backcountry Permits
Due to fax machine issues, please fax backcountry permits to this alternate number until further notice: (520) 733-5183. Any faxes sent after Thursday March 6, please resend. More »
Things to Do
Two Districts, One Park
Where do we begin? There is so much to take in while visiting this beautiful park. Saguaro National Park is home to one of the world's most majestic plants - the Saguaro Cactus (scientific name Carnegiea gigantea). This Sonoran Desert native, is a large, tree-sized cactus with a relatively long lifespan - up to 250 years. Its beautiful white, waxy flower (which blooms late May-July) is the Arizona state flower and is a favorite treat for the diverse animal populations that call Saguaro National Park home.
Saguaro National Park has two districts - east & west - that are separated by the City of Tucson. It takes 30-45 minutes to transit between the two districts depending on route and traffic, so it is important you plan accordingly. Don't worry, you only pay the entrance fee once, and your pass is good at both locations for 7 days from the date of purchase.
Each district has a variety of ranger led, guided programs you can choose from. Programs are similar from week to week, and are subject to change without notice. Some interpretive programs are accessible to persons with physical disabilities or require a reservation to participate. This information will be noted on the schedule along with a phone number to make a reservation or get more information.
Did You Know?
Six species of rattlesnakes call the Tucson area their home. They are the Western Diamondback, Tiger, Northern Black-tailed, Mojave, Sidewinder and Arizona Black Rattlesnakes.