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Saguaro Fast Facts

  • Saguaro National Park covers a total area of 91,445 acres
  • The number of people visiting Saguaro in 2019 was 1,020,226 (All Years)
  • Saguaro was made a national park on October 14, 1994
  • The lowest elevation found in Saguaro is 2,180 feet near Sanders Road
  • The highest elevation found in Saguaro is 8,666 feet on Mica Mountain
  • The entrance fee for Saguaro is $15 per vehicle per week
  • Saguaro National Park lies in the Mountain time zone

Random Facts About Saguaro

  • On March 1, 1933 Saguaro National Monument was created. It was elevated to national park status on October 14, 1994, shortly before two other desert national parks, Joshua Tree and Death Valley, were also redesignated as national parks.
  • Many signature reptile species are found in Saguaro National Park, including Gila monsters, desert tortoises, western coral snakes, six species of rattlesnakes, and eastern collared and desert spiny lizards.
  • Saguaro cacti, despite their great size, are very slow growing. It is estimated that they grow only 1 to 2 inches during the first 8 years of their life.
  • Saguaro National Park has more than 1,162 species of plants ranging from desert vegetation such as cacti, ocotillo, and creosote in the lower elevations all the way to ponderosa pine, oak, and Douglas fir in the upper elevations of the Rincon Mountains.

Where is Saguaro National Park?

Saguaro National Park is located in the southern Arizona desert. It exists in two separate districts, with the Rincon District to the east and the Tucson District to the west. Having the major city of Tucson in between the two park areas leads to a vast number of all services. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Saguaro.

More About Saguaro

We have pages on all sorts of things about Saguaro National Park. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Hiking Trails, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.

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