National Park

Saguaro Dog Policy

Saguaro National Park is Somewhat Dog Friendly

Dogs Limited
Dogs Not Allowed
Dogs Allowed
with 6' Leash & Exceptions []

Split into the separate Rincon Mountain and Tucson Mountain districts, this park is evidence that the dry Sonoran Desert is still home to a great variety of life spanning six biotic communities. Beyond the namesake giant saguaro cacti, there are barrel cacti, chollas, and prickly pears, as well as lesser long-nosed bats, spotted owls, and javelinas.[1]

Saguaro National Park is a somewhat dog friendly national park. Dogs are not allowed on most trails, but they are allowed on several paved trails. There are no front-country campgrounds for dogs, but they are allowed along roadways and most picnic areas. Dogs must not be left unattended in vehicles at Saguaro National Park.


Pet Policy Details
145 mi2
Annual Visitors

Trail Policy

Dogs are allowed only on the following paved trails:

  • Desert Ecology Trail
  • Desert Discovery Trail

Dogs are not allowed on any other trails.

Campground Policy

Saguaro National Park only has back-country camping, and dogs are not allowed.

Road Policy

Dogs are allowed along roads and in picnic areas (with the exception of Mam-A-Gah picnic area) while they are on a leash no longer than 6'.

Location & Map


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[1] Overview text from the Wikipedia article List of national parks of the United States, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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