Home to the majestic Saguaro Cactus, serene wildlife and stunning desert and mountain landscapes, Saguaro National Park is a must-see attraction on any visit to Arizona. Enjoy a day trip along Cactus Forest Drive to watch local birds, mammals and see native plants, including the park's most famous residents - the tree-sized Saguaro Cactus. Wander through scenic desert trails, visit the beautiful Rincon Mountains, enjoy a picnic in the desert, or explore the park on a ranger-led hike. Stop by the Visitors Center to enjoy unique programs, visit interesting exhibits and engage in fun family activities. Encounter Arizona's giant cactus and a truly iconic symbol of the American West when you discover Saguaro National Park.
Entrance passes are $5 per individual pedestrian/bicyclist or $10 per vehicle (includes all passengers). Passes are good for seven days and include entry to both the Tucson Mountain District (West) and the Rincon Mountain District (East).
The Rincon Mountain District (East) is open to vehicles daily from 7am to sunset. The Tucson Mountain District (West) is open to vehicles daily from sunrise to sunset. Bicyclists and pedestrians can enter either gate 24 hours a day. Visitors Centers at both entrances are open daily from 9am-5pm.
Night Blooming Cereus Hike
Monthly Buffelgrass Pull
Centennial Youth Art Show
Ranger Guided Programs
Junior Ranger Programs
Can I drive through the park in my car?
Yes, visitors can enjoy a leisurely car tour on the Cactus Forest Scenic Loop Drive. This 8-mile-long, paved road passes by several trail heads, scenic vistas and pull-outs. Before you start driving, stop by the Visitors Center to pick up a guide to the natural and cultural history of the park. Guides are $2 each. Please note that trailers longer than 35 feet and vehicles wider than 8 feet are not allowed on Cactus Forest Drive.
What should I bring with me when hiking here?
Hiking in the desert can be a challenge, and you'll want to be prepared no matter what time of year you visit. Make sure to wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes. Be sure to pack a park map, available at the Visitors Center. Bring along a day pack filled with snacks and plenty of drinking water. A cell phone, compass and multi-tool can be helpful. Leashed pets are allowed in designated picnic areas, parking lots and roadways, but if you plan to hike any trails, leave your pets at home.