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Encounter Giant Cacti at Saguaro National Park in Tucson

Home to the majestic Saguaro Cactus, serene wildlife, and stunning desert and mountain landscapes, Saguaro National Park is a must-see attraction during any visit to Arizona and the Tucson area. Comprised of two areas, the Tucson Mountain District to the west and the Rincon Mountain District to east, the iconic park spans a total of nearly 143 square miles. Take 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 Visitor's 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, located just 30 minutes from our hotel in Tucson.
 

Details

Prices -

Entrance passes are $5 per individual pedestrian/bicyclist or $10 per vehicle (including all passengers). Passes are good for seven days and include entry to both the Tucson Mountain District (West) and the Rincon Mountain District (East).
 

Hours -

The Rincon Mountain District (East) is open to vehicles daily from 7:00 a.m. 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 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 

Events

  • Night Blooming Cereus Hike
  • Monthly Buffelgrass Pull
  • Centennial Youth Art Show
 
 

Activities

  • Hiking Trails
  • Visitor's Centers
  • Ranger Guided Programs
  • Picnic Areas
  • Junior Ranger Programs
  • Photography
 

FAQs

  • Can I Drive Through Saguaro National 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 for a Desert Hike?

    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.
 

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