Park Fees and Permits
Admission to Saguaro is $20 per vehicle and $10 for individuals on foot or bicycle; it’s good for seven days from purchase at both park districts. Annual passes cost $40. For camping at one of the primitive campsites in the east district (the closest campsite is 6 miles from the trailhead), obtain a required backcountry permit for $8 nightly from the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center up to two months in advance.
The park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset every day but Christmas day. It’s in the Mountain time zone. Arizona (excluding the Navajo Nation) does not observe Daylight saving time. The visitor center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
Cell Phone Reception
Cell-phone reception is generally good in the eastern district but is unreliable in the western district. The visitor centers have pay phones.