Park Regulations

For All Patrons:


- Removal or disturbance of any plant, animal, rock or other natural or historic feature in the park is prohibited. *Includes historic items that may be perceived as "trash" left behind by ranchers and homesteaders. Check out items, then put back for others to enjoy.

- All plants, and all plant parts, are protected- leave them for the animals, and the next visitor to enjoy, too.

- For the health of the wildlife, do not feed any animals! Protect wildlife and your food by storing it in sealed containers. Use bear boxes where provided.

- Treat wildlife with respect. View from unthreatening distance. Leave enough space for wildlife to make an escape; restrain from going off trail to photograph.

- The use of artificial light for viewing, or using taped recordings to lure wildlife is prohibited.

- Report any damage of park resources to a park ranger.

- ATVs: All terrain vehicles are not permitted anywhere in the park.

- FIREARMS: The use of firearms is prohibited within the boundaries of the National Park. More information.

- CAMPING: Camping and fires are prohibited on the Tucson Mountain District (Saguaro West). Nearby Gilbert Ray Campground, a county campground, is located 3 miles from the park. You can contact that campground at 1-800-877-6000.

- On the Rincon Mountain District (Saguaro East), camping is only permitted in the 6 established backcountry campgrounds. The closest of these campgrounds is a 6 mile hike in from the Douglas Spring Trailhead. Permits are required at a fee of $8 per night.

Download the wilderness booklet for details and permit information. To obtain a permit, please visit Camping is not permitted in the Cactus Forest area of Saguaro East.

- FIRES: Unless fire restrictions are in effect (check at the visitor center) charcoal cooking fires are permitted in the picnic areas; and campfires are permitted inside designated fire rings in 4 of the 6 backcountry campgrounds at Saguaro East.

Campfires are not permitted at the Douglas Spring or Grass Shack campgrounds, as fuel is too scarce. No other fires are allowed in either district. Fireworks are prohibited year-round in National Parks and most are also illegal to use within the City of Tucson.

- TRASH: Dispose of trash properly. Recycling bins are available at both visitor centers. We recycle everything the City of Tucson recycles. Click here to find out more.

- PETS: Pets are prohibited on all trails, including the backcountry, but are permitted around the visitor center area and picnic areas, as well as on the roadways. They must remain on a leash 6 feet or shorter in length. Click here for more on pets in the park.

- STATE TRUST LAND: For access information and permits call the Arizona State Land Department at 520-628-5480.

Livestock & Pack Animal Regulations:

- TRAILS: Livestock, which includes horses, burros and mules, may be ridden on designated trails within the park. Access is restricted on some trails due to steep grade, slippery rocky terrain, or conflicts with other user groups. See Getting Around.

- Livestock are prohibited from traveling off-trail throughout the park, on the west district.

- On the east district, off-trail riding is prohibited within the Cactus Forest area, except in washes.

- GROUP SIZE: In both districts, stock groups are limited to a maximum of 15 animals when riding on designated trails.

- No livestock on the trails for 24 hours after a heavy rainstorm.

- For more information on taking your stock into the backcountry of Rincon Mountain District, refer to the wilderness booklet and the livestock brochure.

Hiking Regulations:

- On-trail hiking groups are limited to a maximum of 18 persons.

- Off-trail hiking is prohibited below 4,500 feet elevation. If off-trail hiking above 4,500 feet, please minimize impacts by utilizing Leave No Trace principles.

- Backcountry camping requires a permit, available in person at the visitor center or by FAX. Permits must be obtained by noon the day of departure.

Click here to download the Saguaro Wilderness Area booklet, permit application form (back page), and specific information on how to obtain a camping permit.

- Pets are not allowed on any park trails. They may be walked within picnic areas (except the Mam-A-Gah picnic area in the Tucson Mountain District), along roadsides and withing parking lots. Dogs must be kept on a leash, no longer than 6 feet.

Click here for information on hiking with dogs.

Click here for the Hiking in Saguaro National Park webpage.

Biking Regulations:

- Bicycles must obey all traffic signs, including speed limits and stop signs. Moving violations on a bicycle are the same as in a car. If you see an accident, or are involved in one, report the incident to a park ranger as soon as possible.

- Bicycles are permitted only on roadways (no trails) in the Tucson Mountain District (west).

- In the Rincon Mountain District (east), bicycles are permitted on the Cactus Forest Loop Drive and two multi-use trails: 2.5 miles of the Cactus Forest Trail (from the north side of the one-way portion of the Loop Drive, past the Lime Falls/Lime Kiln area and back to where it meets the two-way portion of the Loop Drive) and Hope Camp Trail (at the north end of Camino Loma Alta Road).

- Helmets are required for all riders or passengers (bike trailers, child seats, etc) under eighteen (18) years of age per Pima County Statute. Helmets are recommended for all.

- Bicycles are not permitted in the cactus garden or on the patio in front of either visitor center.

- Bicycles must obey all traffic signs, including speed limits and stop signs. If you see an accident, or are involved in one, report the incident to a park ranger as soon as possible.

- Always maintain a safe speed for road conditions and your own riding experience, or the least experienced rider in your group.

- Slow down in congested areas around trailheads, parking, and picnic areas.

- The 7-day entrance fee for bicycles is $5 per person. Children under 16 are free. For frequent riders, annual passes are available at either visitor center or the entrance station.

These passes allow unlimited entry for the pass holder plus 3 adults (under 16 free) into the park, and are valid for one year.

- Bicycles are allowed in the park after dark, however a rear reflector and headlight are required.

Click here for the bicycling webpage.

Last updated: November 28, 2022

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