Saguaro National Park

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In southern Arizona, driving to Saguaro National Park in an RV promises you remarkable sights along the Bajada Loop Drive in the west district and the Cactus Forest Loop Drive in the east. These areas provide hiking trails, opportunities to see wildlife such as roadrunners and reptiles, and picturesque views. Winter is the best time to visit Saguaro because the temperatures are typically in the mid-60s. Spring is also beautiful and features wildflower blooms. The park has two visitor centers that are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., providing gift shops, information, and exhibits.

RVing through Saguaro National Park is a great way to see all the sights in comfort. If you don't have your own, you can find RV rentals near Saguaro National Park in the city of Tucson. When you visit in an RV, it's important to note that the park has two districts, each with different accessibility and features. The Tucson Mountain District has more restrictions on large vehicles due to some winding and narrow roads. The Rincon Mountain District permits RVs up to 35 feet on the Cactus Forest Loop Drive.

There are no RV campgrounds in the park, but you can hike in and camp at one of the six backcountry campsites with a permit. RV parking in Saguaro National Park is somewhat limited on scenic loops and drives in the park. However, parking is available at the Tucson Mountain District visitor center in the west and the Rincon Mountain District visitor center in the east. Before you go, check the Saguaro National Park website for recent driving/parking info and any possible closures.

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  • Spring 65-81 F
  • Summer 81-90 F
  • Fall 75-83 F
  • Winter 59-67 F
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Park Info
  • Saguaro National Park Private Vehicle: $25
  • Saguaro National Park Motorcycle: $20
  • Saguaro National Park Per Person: $15

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Saguaro National Park Hiking Trails

Saguaro National Park Hiking Trails

Hiking in Saguaro National Park offers a unique opportunity to explore the vast, picturesque desert landscape dotted with towering saguaro cacti. The park's diverse trails range from easy walks to challenging hikes, each providing stunning views of the Sonoran Desert's rugged mountains and vibrant flora. Along the way, you might encounter wildlife such as roadrunners, javelinas, and Gila monsters. It is recommended that you commit at least two days to hiking in Saguaro. With a lot to see, you will appreciate having the extra time.

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Things to do Outside Saguaro National Park

Things to do Outside Saguaro National Park

RVing beyond the boundaries of Saguaro National Park offers plenty of fascinating activities and attractions in the surrounding areas. Some top recommended sites include Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Mountain Park, Mission San Xavier del Bac, and Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. After a long day of navigating the park, RVers can treat themselves to some of Tucson’s culinary delights, like El Charro Cafe or Tucson Tamale. This city is popular for its diverse food scene, offering everything from trendy farm-to-table restaurants to authentic Mexican cuisine.




RV Resorts & Campsites near Saguaro National Park

An RV trip to any national park should include some camping, and while there aren't RV-friendly campsites within Saguaro National Park, you can find plenty nearby. You can choose a privately owned park, and the Bureau of Land Management also maintains many campsites in the surrounding area, including Margie's Cove West Campground and Riverview Campground.

RV Resorts & Campsites near Saguaro National Park

Campgrounds Near Saguaro National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Saguaro National Park

Find the Best Dumpstations Near Saguaro National Park

An unglamorous but necessary aspect of RVing? Dump stations. Knowing where the best dump stations are near you will allow for more ease and less stress in your travels. Dump stations are an easy and convenient way to clear waste from your RV. Use our guides to find dump stations on your route, so you can get back to the good stuff – exploring, relaxing, and making memories on the road.

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How to get to Saguaro National Park

How to get to Saguaro National Park

RVing to Saguaro National Park is straightforward and convenient. From Tucson, head to the Rincon Mountain District by turning left onto Old Spanish Trail and following it for about 3 miles to the park entrance. To reach the Tucson Mountain District, take North Kinney Road.

If you're coming from Tucson International Airport, drive east on Valencia Road and then north on Houghton Road to reach the Rincon Mountain District (east) entrance in about 20 minutes. You can reach Saguaro from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in about 1.5 hours. From the airport, take I-10 East toward Tucson for about 82 miles and take exit 236 toward Marana Road. From there, you can follow signs to the Tucson Mountain District (west) entrance to the park.

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Frequently Asked Questions
    Is Saguaro National Park accessible for disabled visitors?

    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.

    Are pets allowed at Saguaro National Park?

    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.

    What are the top things to do in Saguaro National 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!

    Are there designated camping spots in Saguaro National 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.

    What is the best time of year to visit Saguaro National Park?

    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.