What To Know Before You Visit
Before visiting the park, ensure you have all information necessary to plan accordingly and to be prepared for your journey to Saguaro National Park!
Food & Water: There are no concession stands, snack/soda machines or resturaunts at either park. Water fountains are found at both visitor centers and only there.
Camping/Lodging: There are campsites available only at Saguaro National Park's East District (Rincon Mountain District). All campsites are backcountry wilderness sites meaning you must hike to each site with all of your supplies. There are no showers or any form of running water.
For more information on camping in the park visit our Camping page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/camping.htm)
Wifi: There is no Wifi available at either district.
Cellphone Reception: Reception is poor at both districts, which can fluctuate depending your specefic location. Try to make all necessary communication arrangements before leaving the Tucson city limits, including any transportation services if not arriving in your own method of transportation.
Visitor Centers: Both districts of Saguaro National Park have their own visitor center that provides restrooms, water fountains, maps, hiking trails, a driving loop, programs, and staff to assit you. There are no hiking trails starting from either visitor center.
For more information about visitor center hours and locations visit our Basic Information page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/basicinfo.htm)
Programs and Guided Hikes: Both districts offer several programs including indoor presentations, patio talks, short guided walks, and guided hikes varying in length and topic. Despite similar titles, programs are not the same as the ones offered at the opposite district. To find what programs are being offered during your visit, please visit our Calendar page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/calendar.htm). For a general monthly list of the programs visit our Guided Programs page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/guided-programs.htm)
Driving: The driving loops are accessible for all vehicles with the rare exception of certain larger and oversized vehicles or those pulling trailers. For specefic sizing limitation information call the corresponding visitor center that you plan to visit.
TMD (West): (520)733-5158 RMD (East): (520)733-5153
Hiking: There are over 150 miles of designated trails. There is no off-trail hiking unless in areas above 4,500' elevation. If interested in off-trail hiking in the higher elevation areas, a topographic map is highly recommended and is sold in both visitor centers.
For more information on wilderness and non wilderness hiking, visit our Hiking at Saguaro National Park page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/saguaro_hiking.htm)
Bicycling: Bicycling is allowed on designated trails/roads at both districts. For specefic trail information and bicycling regulations please visit our Bicycling at Saguaro National Park page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/bicycling-at-saguaro-national-park.htm)
Preserve and Protect: All resources (living and non-living) are protected in the National Park. Picking/taking of any resource is prohibited. Examples include but are not limited to: the taking of rocks, flowers, spines, fauna, flora and historic items that may be percieved as "trash". In addition, damage to any resource is also prohibited. This includes but is not limited to engraving, writing, cutting or digging into cactus or any other plant, building, sign or stones.
For more information on park regulations please visit our Park Regulations page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/planyourvisit/regulations.htm)
For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page (https://www.nps.gov/sagu/faqs.htm) or navigate through our menu at the top of the page.
Last updated: February 16, 2018