Rules and Regulations

For All Patrons:

-Rvs do not have parking in the east or west driving loop. There are parking spots at the Visitors Center on the west side.

-Drones are not allowed. See the our Laws & Policies below for more details

- 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.
-Back country camping on established sites is allowed on the east side of the park. Call 520-733-5153 for more information.


- 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.

- 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 and wildfires start extremely quickly in the grassland biome. 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.

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 not permitted on the new Educational Patio on the east side (RMD)
Bicycles are not permitted in the cactus garden or on the patio in front of either visitor center.

- 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.

- 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 $10 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.

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.

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 the Hiking in Saguaro National Park webpage.

A number of laws and policies guide the management of the park, starting with the founding legislation that created Saguaro National Park. For more information about the policies that guide the National Park Service as a whole, including Management Policies 2006 and specific policy topics, visit the NPS Office of Policy website.

Regulations and Laws
Park Rangers enforce a number of federal regulations and laws in the park, including the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36 Parts 1-5 (36 CFR), and the United States Code, Titles 16, 18 and 21, and 54.
Within 36 CFR, park superintendents are granted the authority to make park-specific regulations to maintain public health and safety, protect environmental or scenic values, protect natural and cultural resources, aid in scientific research, provide for equitable use of facilities, and avoid conflict among visitor use activities. These park-specific regulations are found in the
Superintendent's Compendium.
To help protect your national park, visitors should become familiar with the laws and regulations prior to visiting. Please click on the links above for 36 CFR and the Superintendent's Compendium. Some basics can be found here.

Drones and Aircraft

Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Saguaro National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the Superintendent.
Definition: The term “unmanned aircraft” means a device that is used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, and the associated operational elements and components that are required for the pilot or system operator in command to operator or control the device (such as cameras, sensors, communication links). This term includes all types of devices that meet this definition (e.g., model airplanes, quad copters, and drones) that are used for any purpose, including for recreation or commerce.
Firearm Information
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state and local laws, to legally possess firearms in Saguaro National Park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering the park. As a starting point, please visit the Arizona State Legislature website
Type "firearms" into the "search phrase" box, then click search.
A notable exception to this rule is the carrying of weapons in federal facilities. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in the park; those places marked with signs at public entrances. This prohibition includes those possessing valid concealed weapon permits. In other words, all persons, regardless of the state permit that has been issued to them, are prohibited from carrying a firearm in a federal facility. In Saguaro National Park, these include all administrative buildings, non-residential buildings, and buildings that serve the public.
Visitors are advised that use of a firearm remains prohibited within the park.
For any questions regarding firearms regulations, please contact District Ranger Jeff Martinelli at (520) 733-5116.
Accident Reports
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident in Saguaro National Park and you or your insurance company would like to request a copy of the report, please fill out the FOIA Request and email it to:
For questions call:
Rincon Mountain District: (520)733-5111
Tucson Mountain District: (520)733-5116
For EMERGENCIES, always call 911! Law Enforcement Rangers can be reached by calling Park Dispatch at 928-608-6301. This number should be used for law enforcement issues only.

Last updated: September 29, 2021

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