From Saguaro National Park – Updated Response To COVID-19

The park is making a few changes to operations to improve social distancing and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Effective March 24, 2020, Saguaro National Park will temporarily close all front country restrooms and comfort stations, in addition to the closure of both visitor centers, suspension of fee collection operations and cancellation of all public programs.

The trail system, including wilderness campsites in the Rincon Mountains, remains open. Camping permits are available online from Recreation.gov and are not available at the park.

Over the weekend the park experienced significant crowding in parking lots. If you plan to come hike, please consider a lesser used area of the park. Plan to arrive early or take a sunset hike. If the lot is full, please do not create additional parking spaces or park along roadways. The park is busiest between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The health and safety of people visiting and working at Saguaro National Park is our priority. We are working with the National Park Service Office of Public Health and the U.S. Public Health Service to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Reopening of visitor centers and resumption of public programming will depend on the eventual resolution of the COVID-19 emergency. Once public safety can be assured, the temporary closures and limits on services will be rescinded.

Following CDC guidance, NPS Public Health Service Officers recommend that visitors should take the following routine precautions:

●Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use >60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

● When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or do so into your elbow. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands again.

● Keep six feet of separation between yourself and others to reduce the potential spread of infection.

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

● For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

● Most importantly, if you experience flu symptoms or any serious infection or virus, please stay home to avoid exposing others.

We are also asking visitors to practice leave no trace principles- by staying on park trails, disposing of waste properly, minimizing impacts on park resources, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of others.

Please help us take care of your Saguaro National Park during this difficult time.