Frequently Asked Questions

Towering Saguaro
A towering saguaro is silhouetted against the summer sun.

John Williams, Park Ranger

Q. How do you pronounce saguaro?

A. Sa - WAH - ro

Q. How do saguaros grow?

A. Saguaros are a very slow growing cactus. In Saguaro National Park, studies indicate that a saguaro grows between 1 and 1.5 inches in the first eight years of its life. more

Q. Can I make a reservation for one of your picnic areas?

A. No, reservations are not taken for picnic areas in Saguaro National Park. They are first come, first served.

Q. What uses require a special use permit?

A. 1. Weddings
2. Picnicking in groups of 20 or more persons
3. Religious Retreats
4. Dispersal of human remains

A special use permit must be filled out and submitted to the park in advance of the actual date requested. There is a permit processing fee of $50 (minimum) for all recreational special use permits.


Last updated: March 31, 2012

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