While most visitors to Saguaro National Park choose a leisurely drive on one of our scenic loop drives, those eager for an escape from the rigors of city life often opt to explore the park on one of our many trails. With over 150 miles of hiking trails, ranging from flat and easy strolls in the Sonoran Desert to steep and rugged hikes into the Rincon Mountains, visitors of every ability have a place to get out of the car and explore.
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During these months both districts of the park offer naturalist-led activities on most days. Patio talks and cactus garden walks are offered near the visitor centers, most of these are wheel-chair accessible. Longer guided hikes and special activities such as bird and wildflower walks are offered frequently during the season.
Special moonlight hikes and full-moon talks are also offered, many of these require reservations.Call the visitor centers for specific information: Rincon Mountain District (Eastside) 520 733-5153, Tucson Mountain District (Westside) 520 733-5158.
JUNIOR RANGER DISCOVERY PACK:
Saguaro National Park offers two versions of our self-guided Junior Ranger Discovery Pack program. Parents may choose from one of two activity booklets. We recommend the 12-page activity booklet for children between the ages of 5 and 8. The 20-page activity booklet is recommended for children between the ages of 9 and 12. "Discovery Packs" are available for loan with your child's Activity Booklet. These packs contain a variety of supplies designed to aid in the completion of the Activity Booklet. The Junior Ranger Discovery Pack program is free of charge, however, identification is needed to check out a Discovery Pack. This program is available year round, except Christmas Day. Please allow 1-2 hours to complete either Activity Booklet. If you would like more information, please call or write the park.
Open All Year
Details: Backcountry camping is permitted in the Saguaro Wilderness Area located in the Rincon Mountain District.This backcountry area consists of 59,930 acres and was designated as a wilderness area in 1976. Overnight camping requires a permit fee of $6.00 beginning March 1, 2003, which can be obtained through the mail or in person at the RMD visitor center. Permits are not available after noon on the day of departure. There are six wilderness campgrounds, which are only accessible by foot or horse. All of these campgrounds are a minimum of six miles from the nearest trailhead. Water is available seaonally in the wilderness area. Check with the RMD visitor center for a current water report. Manning Camp has a permanent spring, however, it may be frozen over during the winter months. It is stongly recommended that all water be treated before drinking. Saguaro National Park does NOT offer drive-in camping facilities on either district. Camping is available in nearby county and state parks and in the Coronado National Forest.