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    Saguaro

    National Park Arizona

Wilderness Hiking

Looking toward Heartbreak Ridge from Rincon Peak area

Heartbreak Ridge from Rincon Peak Trail

NPS/LAURA BOLYARD

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?

Javelina

"Don't call ME pig!" Javelinas are able to eat spiny prickly pear pads with no obvious harm to their mouths, stomachs or intestinal tracts due to an enzyme in their saliva. Javelinas are not true pigs, they are peccaries, which are native to the Americas. True pigs are native to Europe and Asia. Wild pigs and boars are descended from true pigs brought over on boats to the new world.