Located in Southeastern Phoenix, AZ, Saguaro National Park encompasses 92,000 acres divided into two units known as districts. The two districts are bisected by Tucson and are located about 30 miles away from each other. Saguaro National Park is approximately 30 minute's drive from Sahuarita. Rincon Mountain District covers 67,000 acres while Tucson Mountain District covers 25,000 acres. Although Saguaro National Parks preserve over 25 types of cactus, it is most renowned for its towering saguaro cactus from which it derives its name. Nestled within the Sonoran Desert saguaro cactus are unique to this region. Initially, the park was established as a national monument in 1933 and was later designated as a national park in 1994. Besides the cactus, Saguaro National Park has plenty of petroglyphs spread in the Signal Hill Petroglyph Area.
Saguaro National Park is popular with both locals and tourists from all over the state and beyond. Besides sightseeing, this park affords visitors opportunities to enjoy birding, hiking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and scenic drives. Rent an RV in Pima County and enjoy all this unique national park has to offer.
Renting a motorhome in Tucson is one of the most convenient ways of exploring the two districts. With over 150 miles of trails, hiking is a popular pastime for visitors of all ages. If you are looking for a short hike, then Valley View Overlook Trail is relatively easy and gives up-close views of the giant cactus. The half-a-mile Signal Hill Petroglyph Trail is a good option. Freeman Homestead Trail and King Canyon Trail are popular with nature lovers.
For great outdoor lovers, biking is another popular way of enjoying the park scenery. Biking is permitted along the scenic roads traversing the park. So pack your bike in your RV rental and enjoy cycling along the Cactus Forest Loop Drive and The Bajada Loop Drive.
Should you enjoy wildlife watching, the best time to spot the animals is during the early mornings. If you are keen enough, you might spot several desert animals. You can expect to see owls, rattlesnakes, Gila woodpeckers, javelina, white-tailed deer, desert tortoises, and hawks.
Camping at Saguaro National Park
While only backpacking camping options are available within the Saguaro National Park, there are plenty of RV-friendly campgrounds around where you can camp in your motorhome rental. If you want to camp next to the park, you can drive your RV rental to Gilbert Ray Campground, Tucson Mountain Park. This is a 130-site campground located adjacent to the west section of Saguaro National Park. Amenities offered include electric hookups, a dumping station, restrooms, and water spigots.
For the adventurous campers, Catalina State Park, approximately 29 miles away, has two RV-friendly campgrounds. Campers can pitch a tent or park their RV rentals in the campground's 120 sites. Amenities offered include electric and water hookups, a dumping station, restrooms, and hot showers.
Not far away from Saguaro National Park, Tucson/Lazydays KOA Resort is an expansive campground featuring over 400 sites. Camping here with your luxury RV rental is fun and exciting thanks to amenities such as full hookups, laundry facilities, and showers.
Should you be interested in camping far from Saguaro National Park, Benson KOA in Benson is roughly 40 miles away. Park amenities include full hookups, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, a pool, and a camp store.
Exploring the Area
Renting a motorhome rental in Tucson will allow you to explore all the nearby attractions such as museums, historic sites, zoos, and botanical gardens.
Your Saguaro National Park RV-rental trip is not complete without visiting the nearby Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This is a four in one attraction featuring an exciting zoo, a natural history museum, a beautiful garden, and Warden Aquarium. Spanning 98 acres Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum preserves flora and fauna native to the Sonoran Desert region. Animals found here include bighorn sheep, javelinas, bears, wolves, stingrays, and hummingbirds.
After you find your ideal RV rental in Tucson, AZ, drive to Reid Park Zoo. Located just 12 miles away, this is a popular destination for animal lovers. This 24-acre zoo is home to giraffes, jaguars, tortoises, bears, elephants, rhinos, and lions. Carousel, train, and camel rides are offered here.
Nature buffs, drive your travel trailer rental to Tucson Botanical Garden. This five-acre museum is located about 15 miles away. While here, visitors can see a variety of cactus species and butterflies. For a relaxed family-friendly attraction, Funtasticks Family Fun Park is approximately 18 miles away. Featured attractions include go-karts, rides, and batting cages.