Backcountry camping is available by permit. There are no accommodations for any vehicle camping (including RV). Please download the Saguaro Wilderness Area (PDF) for more information on backpacking. This booklet contains information you will need in order to start planning a backpacking trip here at Saguaro National Park. Permits may be obtained up to 2 months in advance, but no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the trip.
Camping is allowed at 6 designated campgrounds within the Saguaro Wilderness Area, a permit is required for all overnight stays. These camp sites are not accessible by vehicles and must be hiked to. The fee for this permit is $8.00 per campsite, per night. Senior Pass and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on camping fees. The maximum number of people allowed per campsite is 6, with the maximum size of any one group of 18 people.
|Camp Site||Number of Sites||Campground Elevation||Distance from Nearest Trailhead|
|Manning Camp||6||7,920 feet||7.5 mi (Turkey Creek)|
|Spud Rock Spring||3||7,400 feet||5.3 mi (Turkey Creek)|
|Happy Valley Saddle||3||6,200 feet||4.1 mi (Miller Creek)|
|Juniper Basin||3||6,000 feet||6.9 mi (Tanque Verde Ridge)|
|Grass Shack||3||5,200 feet||10 mi (Loma Alta/ Hope Camp)|
|Douglas Spring||3||4,800 feet||6.3 mi (Douglas Spring)|