Bottled water no longer for sale in Saguaro National Park
Water bottle filling stations have been installed at both visitor centers and the Rincon Mountain District bike ramada for visitors to refill their reusable water bottles. A variety of BPA-free waterbottles are available inside the visitor centers. More »
Tucson Mountain District (west) road re-opened
The Golden Gate Road has been re-opened north of Sendero-Esperanza and is is now rated for high clearance vehicles due to the rough nature of the terrain. More »
Where Can I Ride?
Biking the Rincon Mountain District (East)
On the east district, bicycles are permitted on the 8 mile Cactus Forest Loop road, the 2.5 mile Cactus Forest Trail and our newest trail, the 2.8 mile Hope Camp Trail.
*Hope Camp Trail* NEW - a 2.8 mile long trail that originates at the Camino Loma Alta Trail head, and travels east through the southwestern Portion of the Park's Rincon Mountain District (east) to the park's boundary approximately .2 miles south of Hope Camp. Beyond Hope Camp, the trail connects the Arizona Trail and continues south into the Rincon Valley. It is expected that the Hope Camp Trail will complete a popular bicycle loop on the east side of Tucson. (The Arizona Trail, via the Quilter Trail, into National Park Service Wilderness is not open to bicycles.)
Cactus Forest Trail - from the north side of the two-way portion of the road, past the Lime Falls/Lime Kiln area to the junction with the one-way portion of the Cactus Forest Loop road again.
Cactus Forest Loop Road - a scenic route through the lower elevations of the Rincon Mountain District of the park. It is 8 miles in length and is paved, except for the spur road to Mica View Picnic Area.This road is open to all vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles.
The Cactus Forest Loop Drive is narrow with many tight turns and steep hills. Maintain a safe speed for road conditions and your own riding experience or at least the least experienced rider in your group. Be sure to slow down before curves and hills.
Use extra caution on the steep hill at the beginning of the one-way on the loop as there is a sharp right turn at the bottom.
Biking the Tucson Mountain District (West)
The Bajada Loop Drive is a scenic route through the lower elevations of the Tucson Mountain District of the park. It is 6 miles in length and is gravel, except for a small section along Kinney and Sandario Roads.
These roads are open to all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles.
The Bajada Loop Drive is gravel throughout most of its length. Bicycling is only permitted on the roads; all trails in this district are closed to biking. However, trails in the adjacent Tucson Mountain Park are open to biking. Link to the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee for information.
Click here to link to a Tucson Bike Map.
Did You Know?
Saguaro National Park is more than just a desert park. In fact, the highest point in the eastern district is Mica Mountain at 8,666. There you will find a dense forest of Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, alligator-bark juniper, and aspen.