There is no drive-in camping in Saguaro National Park. Campgrounds are available in the community of Tucson.
Backcountry camping is permitted in the Rincon Mountain District and is open all year. A permit is required and can be obtained at the visitor center.
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, which can be obtained through the mail or in person at the Rincon Mountain District Visitor Center. Permits are not available after noon on the day of departure.
There are six wilderness campgrounds (please see table below), 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 seasonally in the wilderness area. Check with the Rincon Mountain District 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 in either district.
Camping is available in nearby county and state parks and in the Coronado National Forest:
Pima County Parks and Recreation Information.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park Information.
Information on Catalina State Park.
Coronado National Forest Campgrounds Information.
Happy Valley Saddle
The Tanque Verde Ridge and Douglas Spring Trails lead to the higher elevations of the Rincon Wilderness area.
Saguaro National Park Backcountry Camping Regulations
Leave all plants, animals, rocks, wood and other natural features undisturbed.
Off trail hiking is prohibited in the Cactus Forest Trail System.
Firearms and other weapons are prohibited.
Pets are allowed on paved roads only and must be leashed.
Camping and fires are permitted in designated areas only.
Trash must be packed out or placed in litter containers.
Horses are prohibited from traveling off trail throughout the park.
Horseback riders must access the Douglas Spring Trail via the Wildhorse Trailhead. It is located on Speedway Boulevard, .12 mile west of Douglas Spring Trailhead.
Bicycles are permitted on the 8.0 mile paved loop and on the section of the Cactus Forest Trail located inside the loop drive.
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