Basic Information

Saguaro National Park has two districts separated by the city of Tucson. We do not recommend using mobile mapping applications to search for either district. Instead, please click the link to the directions page, determine which district you plan to visit, and enter that physical address into the mobile application.

Saguaro National Park Visitor Center

In the Tucson Mountain District (west), the park is open to vehicles from sunrise to sunset daily. (Actual times vary throughout the year). The Rincon Mountain District (east), the park is open to vehicles from 7:00 a.m. (if staffing permits, gates may open earlier) to sunset daily. You can walk or bike into the park 24 hours a day. Visitor Center - Both Districts are open 364 days per year. Operating Hours: Monday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed Christmas day)

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Winter Season With daytime temperature from the low 50's to the high 70's Summer Season As we get deeper into the summer season, temperatures will range from mid-80's to low 100's. This is a great time to experience the desert as the day breaks or in the late of the day as the sun disappears behind the surrounding mountain ranges. During the late spring and summer months Saguaro National Park only offers interpretive programs on an intermittent basis.

The following entrance fees and passes are exclusively for Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona.  

Entrance Fees:

Saguaro National Park Vehicle Weekly Pass - $15.00

Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle or RV and all its passengers. Organized groups are not eligible for the vehicle permit.

Saguaro National Park Individual Weekly Pass - $5.00

Admits one individual when entering by foot or bicycle. Individuals 15 years or younger are admitted free of charge.

Saguaro National Park Motorcycle Weekly Pass - $10.00

Admits one motorcycle and its riders.

Entrance Passes:

Saguaro National Park Annual Pass - $35.00

Valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, for unlimited visits to Saguaro National Park, in Tucson, Arizona. May be purchased at either district or online from www.nps.gov/sagu/payfee.htm. Admits purchaser and any accompanying persons in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle, or pass holder and three persons (16 & older) where per person entrance fees are charged. This passport covers entrance fees only and is not refundable and/or transferable.

Rincon Mountain District (East)

A scenic auto/bike tour around the Cactus Forest Loop Drive offering incredible views of the Rincon Mountains. One mile loop hike along the Freeman Homestead Trail to learn about homesteading in the desert. Choose from the many different hiking paths outlined along the northern part of Cactus Forest Loop. For those with a taste for adventure, and a couple of extra days, we recommend a trip into the Rincon Mountain Saguaro Wilderness Area to visit Manning cabin, built in 1905 by Levi Manning.

Red Hills Tucson Mountain District (West)

A short hike on the Valley View Overlook Trail, right from the Bajada Loop to view the Avra Valley and distant mountain ranges, a fabulous orientation program offering a Native American perspective on the saguaro cactus shown daily at the Red Hills Visitor Center. Also available, a trip to Signal Hill Picnic Area, which offers visitors the chance to view hundreds of ancient petroglyphs, there are 5 designated areas to enjoy a picnic.

 
 
Wildflowers and saguaros in foreground, Rincon Peak in background
Wildflowers in bloom in the Rincon Mountain District

NPS Photo

 

Although Saguaro National Park is open every day of the year except Christmas day, our busiest time of the year is from November to March. During the winter months, temperatures are cooler and range from the high 50s to the mid-70s. Starting in late February and March, we begin to get a variety of cactus and wildflower blooms. In late April, the iconic Saguaro begins to bloom. Come June, the fruits are beginning to ripen. In August, the lush Sonoran desert starts its Monsoon season, so watch out for those flash floods.

There are many activities to partake in at Saguaro National Park no matter what season it is. There are a multitude of short hikes to choose from or for the adventurous hiker, wilderness hikes and backcountry camping.

Saguaro supports other activities as well. Bicycling around the east district's Cactus Forest Loop Drive is a popular road bike route. Or Mountain biking on the Hope Camp Trail, and Cactus Forest Trail between the Loop Drive.

 

There are many things to see and do during your visit. The links below will provide you with more information to help prepare you for your trip to Saguaro National Park.

Last updated: August 2, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3693 S Old Spanish Trail
Tucson , AZ 85730

Phone:

(520) 733-5153

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