Saguaro Fast Facts
How big is Saguaro National Park?
Saguaro covers a total area of 91,445 acres or 143 square miles.
How many people visit Saguaro National Park?
1,079,786 people visited Saguaro in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Saguaro Visitation Stats.
When was Saguaro National Park created?
Saguaro was made a national park on October 14, 1994.
What are the highest and lowest elevations in Saguaro National Park?
Saguaro’s lowest point is 2,180 feet near Sanders Road. The highest point in Saguaro is 8,666 feet on Mica Mountain.
What time zone is Saguaro National Park located in?
Saguaro is in the Mountain Time Zone.
How much does it cost to enter Saguaro National Park?
$25 per private vehicle per week.
Five Random Facts About Saguaro
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.
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 National Park lies within the Sonoran Desert region and ecosystem. The Sonoran is the hottest desert in both the United States and Mexico, who share its lands.
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.