Wilderness Hiking

Mountains with evergreens in the foreground.
Heartbreak Ridge from Rincon Peak Trail

NPS photo/Laura Bolyard

Looking for adventure? An extended hike into the rugged wilderness brings wonderful opportunities as well as challenges for the adventurous hiker. An overnight trip into Saguaro’s wilderness can take you from 3,000’ elevation to over 8,000’ in about 15 miles. Hikes may be started from any of five trailheads ranging from the easy-to-access Douglas Spring Trailhead at the east end of Speedway Boulevard to the more remote Italian Spring Trailhead accessed through Reddington Pass on the adjacent Coronado National Forest.
 
Download a copy of The Saguaro Wilderness Area booklet (PDF). This booklet contains information you will need in order to start planning a backpacking trip. Permits may be obtained up to 2 months in advance, but no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the trip. At the back of the booklet you will find an application for the permit that is required for overnight stay. If you need a copy of Adobe Acrobat to view pdf files, click on Adobe Acrobat Reader to download.
 
 
Mica Bowl
Mica Bowl Prescribed Burn Map

NPS, Saguaro National Park

Mica Bowl Prescribed Burn Alert

A prescribed burn will be taking place at Saguaro National Park East in the Mica Mountain area. No campsites will be directly affected with the exception of possible smoke in the Spud Rock area and the presence of fire crew personnel camping in the Manning Camp area. Estimated to start early May.

More details will become available as we get closer to the event.

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Mailing Address:

3693 S Old Spanish Rd
Tucson , AZ 85730

Phone:

(520) 733-5153
Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District (East) Visitor Center

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