Top three reasons to go hiking in Saguaro National Park
Admire the iconic saguaro cacti native to this area
The marvelous landscapes provide ample photo opportunities
Discover different terrain and biomes as the elevation changes in the park’s two districts
Spanning across two separate areas around Tucson in southeastern Arizona, Saguaro National Park and its renowned saguaro cacti are the universal symbols of the American west. With a plethora of animals, plants, breathtaking landscapes, and miles of trails found in the park, you know you’re in for a real adventure. The park lies within the Sonoran Desert and consists of two districts—the Tucson Mountain District to the west of Tucson and the Rincon Mountain District to the east. Their different elevations allow a wide variety of biomes to thrive—from desert scrub and rich cacti gardens to pine trees and ferns. The iconic cacti are crucial for various animals seeking nesting sites and food, while the high biodiversity gives this magnificent area a distinct look. Visit this unique national park and explore the Wild West with your knowledgeable guide!
Tucson, AZ, is about 30 minutes away from each of Saguaro NP’s two districts
Beginner to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day of Hiking With a Private Guide
Explore Saguaro National Park and witness the symbol of the American west after which the park was named—the enormous saguaro cactus. Discover the rich flora and fauna that this area boasts and witness various biomes ranging from desert scrub to pine forests while making your way across miles of hiking trails. Your private guide will show you the diverse landscapes and make sure you don’t miss out on anything this stunning park has to offer!
A Day of Hiking With a Private Guide
Discover Saguaro National Park near the city of Tucson and marvel at the giant saguaro cacti that represent both Arizona and the American west! Marvel at the wide variety of animals and plant species and hike through diverse terrain ranging from desert scrub all the way up to pine trees and ferns. Let your private guide navigate you across the hiking trails of this magnificent national park and lose yourself in the true American west.
Half-Day of Hiking With a Group
Come to Saguaro National Park and start exploring! Discover the American west and its iconic symbol, the giant saguaro cacti. Join a group of like-minded hikers and witness the rich and unique flora and fauna. Let your guide show you the stunning landscapes and make lifelong memories on your hiking adventure through this breathtaking national park near Tucson.
A Day of Hiking With a Group
Immerse yourself in the various landscapes that Arizona’s Saguaro National Park offers. Admire the iconic cacti after which the park was named and hike miles upon miles of trails while taking in the astounding views along the way. Admire the various plant and animal species found in the area and explore different terrain and biomes as the elevation changes. Your knowledgeable guide will ensure you make the most of your trip!
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Things to know
Covid measures in Saguaro National Park, Arizona
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Saguaro National Park, AZ, please refer to Arizona Office of Tourism and the NPS Saguaro National Park’s Response to COVID-19 website.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A half or full day of hiking depending on your chosen itinerary
- Enterance fees
What’s not included:
- Lunch and snacks
How fit do I need to be?
The best thing about hiking in Saguaro National Park is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Keep in mind, the weather in summer can be very hot and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
- Hiking poles — optional
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
- Spare clothes for layering
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Hiking pants
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The group size for these private and group hiking adventures is usually between 1–6 people with one guide.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
- If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
Hiking in Saguaro National Park, AZ, can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Saguaro National Park, most people fly into Tucson International Airport about 40 minutes away from Saguaro National Park’s two districts. From there, you can rent a car or get a taxi.
Other options include flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, just over 2 hours away by car from Tucson Mountain District (west) and Rincon Mountain District (east). From there, you can take a 1-hour flight to Tucson International Airport, drive, or take a bus.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.