Wilderness Regulations

Wilderness Regulations:

  • Off trail travel is only permissible above 4,500 feet in elevation.
  • Campfires are prohibited at the Douglas Spring and Grass Shack Campgrounds. Gas stoves are encouraged at all campgrounds.
  • Where campfires are allowed, make sure your fire is completely extinguished before departing.
  • Only dead and downed wood may be collected and burned.
  • Mechanized or motorized vehicles are prohibited in the wilderness area.
  • Pets are prohibited on all trails within Saguaro National Park.
  • Outhouses are provided at all six designated campgrounds. Elsewhere, bury human waste at least 150 feet from trails, meadows and water sources.
  • Do not put trash in the outhouses.
  • Use of firearms and other weapons is prohibited throughout Saguaro National Park.
  • Digging trenches around tents or modifying camp areas is prohibited.
  • Camping is allowed in designated campgrounds only. Do not deviate from your itinerary.
  • Pack out everything you pack in.
  • Camping permits must be visible while hiking in/out of the wilderness area. At all other times, leave permit on your tent.
  • Persons under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Permits may be issued up to two months in advance, but no later than 12:00 noon the day of departure.
  • The total length of stay may not exceed 10 days, with no more than 5 consecutive days at any one campground.
  • Maximum group size is 18 persons.
  • Camping permit applications received by mail or fax must be fully complete to have the camping permit mailed back to you.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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