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Located in Pima County in the state of Arizona, Saguaro National Park is the very best place to see the awe-inspiring saguaro cactus. These cacti can only be found in the Sonoran Desert, and have become a well-known symbol of the hot, dry American West. For this reason, thousands flock to Saguaro each year to drive and hike the hot desert in search of these majestic and beautiful cacti.
As one might imagine, the weather in Saguaro National Park is much like the weather in the rest of Arizona: hot and dry. It does cool off a bit in the winter months—when the daytime temperatures hover around 65°F—but summer temps can reach 110°F on the hottest days.
It’s important to note that the park is located in a desert, so temperatures tend to drop rapidly at night and the area turns quite chilly even after the hottest days.
As mentioned earlier, the park is located in Pima County, AZ and actually juts out from either side of the relatively large city of Tucson. This is great because it means there’s no shortage of things to see and do near the park. It also means there’s plenty of lodging, shopping, and food nearby—something not many national parks can say.
Of course, if you’re going to visit Saguaro, you’ll want to be sure to actually enjoy it. Rather than spending the majority of your time in the city, why not get out in nature and enjoy some of the in-park activities offered at Saguaro? Many visitors enjoy hiking the park, while others prefer the scenic drives. Young children will love the Junior Ranger program offered here, and people of all ages can learn from the awesome ranger-led activities that are almost always on the schedule.
No matter what you decide to do, be sure to stick around for an incredible desert sunset, unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
- Spring 70-90 F
- Summer 70-90 F
- Fall 70-90 F
- Winter 70-90 F
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Saguaro National Park Hiking Trails
Wondering about hiking in Saguaro National Park? Lucky for you, there are plenty of trails to choose from, and they’re a lot more varied and interesting than you might expect from a desert park. In fact, we recommend you dedicate at least two days to hiking in Saguaro. You’re going to want that much time to see things.
Here are some of our favorite trails in the park. To learn about other options, click here.
Things to do Outside Saguaro National Park
Sure, you want to explore nature at the park. However, sometimes a bit of city life is nice too. When you’re ready to enjoy a meal out or explore the city, you’ll want to know where to go. Lucky for you, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best options, making your planning a quick and painless process so you can spend less time researching and more time having fun.
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Saguaro National Park
In our opinion, visiting a national park should always include camping. Fortunately, there are plenty of camping options in and near Saguaro National Park. Choose from a privately owned park or go with a public camping area. Either way, you’ll be glad you chose to get back to nature by camping during your visit.
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How to get to Saguaro National Park
Traveling to Saguaro National Park by car is easy. That said, searching for your destination on a map app isn’t likely to end well. Instead, try typing in the full address of your destination in order to ensure you’re being directed to the right place.
Prefer to know directions before you go? This webpage has all the info you need to arrive safe and sound at the park so you can begin your adventure.
Those who must fly into Arizona before hitting the park should plan to fly into Tucson International Airport. This airport is a short drive from the park, making it an ideal place to begin your getaway.
Of course, you could also go ahead and make the long trek to Arizona by driving an RV. This will ensure you can take your sweet time getting to the park while still enjoying all the comforts of home. Additionally, having an RV with you makes camping a much more comfortable experience once you do arrive.
Don’t have your own RV? That’s okay! RV rentals are a great way to get your hands on a great getaway rig without making the huge investment required to purchase a motorhome or trailer.
Just remember that the camping areas inside of Saguaro are not RV-friendly. Therefore, you will need to reserve a spot just outside of the park.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Saguaro National Park is accessible for disabled visitors. The park visitor centers are fully accessible, interpretive programs are held in accessible areas, and there are several accessible trails in the park. There are also scenic drives and accessible picnic areas.
Yes, pets are allowed at Saguaro National Park. Pets can be on roadways, picnic areas (except the Mam-A-Gah picnic area), and on paved trails. Pets must be on a leash. Pets are not allowed on other trails, off-road, or inside park buildings. High temperatures, cactus spines, rattlesnakes, and other hazards pose risks to pets who do visit the park.
Top things to do at Saguaro National Park include walking around the Valley View Overlook, viewing the Signal Hill Petroglyphs, and driving the Cactus Forest Loop Drive. There are several hikes and scenic drives that allow visitors to get a close view of the park!
There are no designated camping spots in Saguaro National Park for vehicle camping, including RVs. However, backcountry camping is allowed by permit. The nearby city of Tucson has plenty of RV campgrounds available for campers.
Winter is the best time of year to visit Saguaro National Park. The temperature is much more comfortable for outdoor activities in the desert in winter than during the sweltering summers. Also, there are fewer crowds in the park during winter.
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