Saguaro National Park

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.

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Weather
Spring 70-90 F
Summer 70-90 F
Fall 70-90 F
Winter 70-90 F
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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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Hit the 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.

Easy Trails

Sweetwater

Distance: 8.6 miles round-trip

Terrain: Well marked; some stairs; beautiful wildflowers; cool rock formations

Mica View Loop

Distance: 3.7 miles round-trip

Terrain: Great for running; no shade; lots of wildlife and saguaro cacti

Cactus Forest Loop

Distance: 10.3 miles round-trip

Terrain: Paved; beautiful views; plenty of cacti; easy stroll

Moderate Trails

Bridal Wreath Falls

Distance: 5.6 miles round-trip

Terrain: Waterfall looks best in winter or spring; some steep spots; little to no shade

David Yetman

Distance: 11.9 miles round-trip

Terrain: Beautiful mountain views; views of historical homes; never too steep

Hugh Norris

Distance: 8.9 miles round-trip

Terrain: Some steep stairs; gorgeous views; ends at the top of a mountain

Hard Trails

Tanque Verde Ridge

Distance: 20 miles round-trip

Terrain: Gradual incline; lots of wildlife; beautiful views of the city

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What to Do at
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.

Restaurants

Let’s start with food options. Tucson is full of awesome restaurants, making it the perfect place for a meal out. Be sure to try some incredible Mexican food while you’re in the area, but don’t limit yourself to only one type of cuisine, because there are plenty of other awesome options as well.

El Charro Cafe

Type: Mexican

Monkey Burger

Type: Burgers

Renee’s Organic Oven

Type: Pizza and Pasta

Shopping

Need a bit of shopping fun while you’re in town? No worries! Tucson definitely has you covered in that department. (See what we did there?) Whether you’re looking for groceries and essentials or a few fun gifts, you’ll find just what you need in this awesome city.

Museums

Outdoor fun is wonderful, but sometimes a break from hot and/or rainy weather is necessary. In these cases, museums are an awesome opportunity to continue your adventures indoors.

Here are some of our favorite museums located near Saguaro National Park.

Sightseeing

Wondering what else there is to see and do in the area? Quite a lot, actually. Check out these sights for a few fun days out.

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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.

Entering Saguaro National Park

Saguaro does charge a fee to enter. Guests can choose to pay the one-visit fee and enjoy the park for 7 consecutive days, or they can purchase an annual pass and enjoy numerous national parks all year long. Info on passes can be found here.

Those who choose not to purchase an annual pass will pay the following:

Saguaro National Park Private Vehicle : $15.0

Private, non-commercial vehicles (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants.

Saguaro National Park Motorcycle : $10.0

One or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle.

Saguaro National Park Per Person : $5.0

One individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youths 15 and under are admitted for free.

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