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    National Park Arizona

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  • Rincon Mountain District Backcountry Closures Due to Wildland Fire Activity

    Due to fire activity and 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 »

  • Short Term Trail Closures for Buffelgrass Treatment

    Between August 19 and August 29, isolated trails in both districts may be closed for a short duration as aerial treatment of invasive buffelgrass is happening in that area. Closures will be posted at each trail and announced on facebook daily. More »

Wilderness Hiking

Looking toward Heartbreak Ridge from Rincon Peak area

Heartbreak Ridge from Rincon Peak Trail

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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.
 

Download a copy of The Saguaro Wilderness Area booklet (PDF). This booklet contains information you will need in order to start planning a backpacking trip. Permits may be obtained up to 2 months in advance, but no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the trip. At the back of the booklet you will find an application for the permit that is required for overnight stay. If you need a copy of Adobe Acrobat to view pdf files, click on Adobe Acrobat Reader to download.

 

Did You Know?

Saguaro

The saguaro cactus only grows naturally in the Sonoran Desert. There are approximately 1.6 million individual saguaro plants growing within Saguaro National Park.