Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park by Michael Andrew Just via Shutterstock.

Saguaro National Park, in Arizona, is named after its iconic saguaro cacti. These towering cacti, set against a backdrop of mountains and desert, create a uniquely Southwestern scene.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Arizona
Area: 91,716 acres (371.16 sq km) – 41st largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Mica Mountain – 8,666 ft (2,641.40 m)
Lowest Elevation: Sanders Road – 2,180 ft (664.46 m)
Date Established: October 14, 1994
Annual Visitors: 908,194 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Tucson, Arizona

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Saguaro National Park

Saguaro is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Saguaro National Park.

  1. Scenic drives in both the East and West Districts
  2. Photography, capturing the iconic saguaro cacti
  3. Joining evening ranger programs on desert ecology
  4. Horseback riding on designated trails
  5. Watching sunset and sunrise over the desert landscape

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Saguaro National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Saguaro National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Saguaro National Park

After hiking and exploring Saguaro National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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